Report: Everton have joined the race for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk

Everton, Sunderland, Arsenal and Southampton have all been linked with Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

Everton have joined the race to sign Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Van Dijk is expected to leave Parkhead this summer, with a number of Premier League clubs queueing up for the defender, and Everton are the latest team to apparently show an interest.

The Merseyside outfit reportedly believe that the commanding defender could make a good addition for them and they are expected to lodge a bid once the transfer window reopens.

Celtic are understood to be keen to keep hold of van Dijk, who is one of their key players, but they will listen to offers of around £8 million. 

That would be a sizeable investment for Everton to make, but it could represent good value for money as van Dijk is still of an age where he has plenty of development left in him.

The Dutch international is only 23-years-old, but his performances this year have belied that fact and he is now one of Celtic's most integral stars.

If he were to move to Everton, he would compete with John Stones and Phil Jagielka for a place in their defence and he has all the attributes required to be a success.

Van Dijk is a combative defender, but he is also capable with the ball at his feet and he would have the technical ability to fit in with Roberto Martinez's demanding system.

Van Dijk has also been linked with Southampton, Arsenal and Sunderland in the Mail, so Everton will have plenty of competition for his signature should they make a bid. 

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