Report: Crystal Palace prepared to 'smash transfer record' to sign Virgil van Dijk

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Crystal Palace are reportedly ready to break their transfer record to sign Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

According to the Daily Mirror, Crystal Palace are willing to smash their transfer record to sign Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

Palace have impressed under new manager Alan Pardew, and with Premier League safety virtually assured, Pardew can start planning for the summer transfer window.

Defenders could be high on Pardew's transfer wish list, and the Daily Mirror believe that Celtic star van Dijk is their prime target.

The Dutchman, 23, has been superb for the Bhoys since joining from Groningen in 2013 - and whilst his size and defensive qualities have made him a hot property, he also possesses much more than that.

With 12 goals in 91 games, van Dijk is also a threat at the other end of the pitch, and has shown the desire to bring the ball forward and shoot from range.

Van Dijk has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Sunderland and Tottenham in recent times, but Palace believe they could lure him to the Premier League too.

The Eagles set their record transfer fee back in September, paying a reported £7m to sign midfielder James McArthur from Wigan Athletic.

Yet now, the Daily Mirror believe that Palace are ready to smash that fee in order to bring van Dijk to London, with a £10m fee allegedly on van Dijk's head.

Celtic obviously won't want to lose one of their best players, but it seems inevitable that a player of van Dijk's quality will move on sooner rather than later - even if a move to Palace would be a surprise considering the other clubs linked with him recently.

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