Report: Sunderland remain interested in Celtic star, despite Poyet dismissal

Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk is reportedly one of Sunderland's top targets for the summer.

Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk remains a target for Sunderland, even though they have parted with Gus Poyet, according to a report in the Shields Gazette.

Van Dijk was an addition that Poyet was hoping to make when he was at the Stadium of Light and there were doubts over whether the club would continue to pursue the Celtic centre-half after the Uruguayan's departure was announced at the start of the week.

However, it seems that Sunderland's board have been impressed by what they have seen in Van Dijk and he remains on their list of potential targets for the summer.

The Black Cats have been making plans to ensure that they have more quality in their team for next season, and Van Dijk is said to be one of a number of players on their wish list.

What would Van Dijk bring to Sunderland?

Sunderland are unquestionably in need of defenders in the upcoming transfer window, as their current backline appears short of numbers and quality.

The likes of John O'Shea and Wes Brown are reaching the end of their respective careers and the addition of a centre-back will be one of their main priorities, as a result.

The addition of Van Dijk would be a statement of their intent, too. The Celtic defender is highly sought-after and if Sunderland were able to land him, he would be a hugely impressive addition.

Van Dijk is comfortable in possession, but he is also strong off the ball and appears to possess all of the attributes required to be a success in the Premier League.

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