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Report: Sunderland interested in Virgil Van Dijk but January deal unlikely

Sunderland are the latest team hoping to do a deal for Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk.

Sunderland remain interested in Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk, but any deal they may complete for the Dutchman will have to wait until the summer, according to a report in the Shields Gazette

Van Dijk was linked with a move to the Stadium of Light during the previous transfer window, but no deal was concluded between the two clubs. 

It has not stopped the North East outfit remaining interested in the 23-year-old, though, and he remains on the club's wishlist. 

However, Gus Poyet feels that bringing in a centre-back in the imminent future could be tough and any deal that they are able to do for the technically adept Celtic man will not occur for another six months. 

“I think it depends. January is difficult [to sign a centre-back]," he said. "There needs to be a lot of things coming together. It’s difficult for everything really."

Waiting that long for Van Dijk could be a big risk. The Bhoys star has attracted the attentions of a number of clubs of late, and there seems to be growing list of admirers. 

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are amongst the interested parties and, as a result, it would be a surprise if nobody made a bid in January. 

Celtic are understood to be keen to keep hold of Van Dijk, but the lure of English football may be too much for him to resist. 

The former Gronigen man has become a key part of Ronny Deila's plans, but he is reportedly available for around £10 million. 

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