Celtic star may have big decision to make amid Premier League interest

A number of Premier League teams are interested in signing Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

Even with the limited success rate of players moving from Scottish football to the Premier League, a number of sides continue to look North of the border for talent.

The likes of Jean-Alain Boumsong, Barry Ferguson and Gary Hooper have all failed to make an impact in the Premier League after making moves from Rangers and Celtic, but the respective successes of Carlos Cuellar, James McCarthy, Mikel Arteta and Nikica Jelavic means Premier League sides will keep going to the well of talent in Scottish football.

As one of the top players in the SPL, it's little surprise that clubs are lining up to sign Celtic centre back Virgil van Dijk in January, with up to nine Premier League sides monitoring the Dutchman.

The former Groningen star has established himself as the best centre back in Scottish football over the course of the last 18 months, impressing with his strength, reading of the game and even his ability to bring the ball out of the back and start attacks.

Reported interest from Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Southampton, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham just shows how superb van Dijk has been for Celtic - and it may leave him with a big decision to make in January.

Teams will be looking to test Celtic's resolve with bids in the region of £8m, but van Dijk has recently been told by Frank de Boer to snub a move to a big club in order to continue playing regularly for Celtic.

Whilst a move to Arsenal, Manchester City or Manchester United may see him on the sidelines, teams like Tottenham and West Ham will be looking to sign a starting centre back in January, giving van Dijk a great opportunity to play at the highest level.

Should teams firm up their interest in the 23-year-old, van Dijk will have a big decision to make. Should he move to a top club, which would be hard to turn down, move to a team where he will play regularly or continue to hone his skills with Celtic?

Bhoys manager Ronny Deila will be hoping it's the latter, but it's hard to picture van Dijk in the green and white of Celtic for much longer, with a regular place in the Netherlands national team likely to be at the forefront of any decision made in the coming months.

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