A move south-of-the-border could beckon for Celtic star Virgil van Dijk, with the Dutch defender keen to force his way into contention for the Holland national team and currently only serving as a back-up to the Oranje starting eleven.
The 23-year-old has previously made no secret of his desire to depart Parkhead, with the Premier League his preferred destination, after the Hoops were dumped out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage.
Competing in Europe’s premier cup competition was one of the main reasons Van Dijk had previously remained with the Scottish champions, and in the wake of their shock loss to NK Maribor the former Groningen defender wasted no time in agitating for a move.
But despite some late interest from Newcastle United in the £8 million-rated stopper, Celtic and manager Ronny Deila stood firm.
However with Van Dijk desperate to stake a claim for a place in the Holland first-team, a move to the more competitive Premier League is looking an increasing necessity.
That suspicion was strengthened by the news that the defender would not be starting for the Oranje in the first of this latest round of Euro 2016 qualifiers, despite the fact that the Dutch are taking on inferior opposition in Kazakhstan – a game that could be the ideal match to blood in young stars.
Keen to play for the national side in France in two years time, his absence from that side could be enough to convince the defender to push for a move.
Newcastle United could still be keen on the 23-year-old too, with Alan Pardew thought to be considering a major overhaul of the Toon defence.
Steven Taylor could make way for Van Dijk, though the Dutchman will not come cheap with Celtic eager to make a significant profit on a player that joined the club for £2.6 million in June 2013.