Matt Le Tissier: Celtic star Virgil van Dijk would be a 'terrific signing' for Southampton

Matt Le Tissier has urged Southampton to bid for Celtic star Virgil van Dijk.

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has told The Sun that the Saints need to make a move to sign Celtic star Virgil van Dijk this summer.

Le Tissier, 46, is a Southampton hero having hit over 200 goals in more than 500 games for the Saints, and is now casting his eye on the current side.

Ronald Koeman has enjoyed an impressive debut season on the South Coast, rebounding well from the sales of Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert to push the Saints towards a Europa League spot.

However, Southampton are expected to lose players again this summer, with loan centre back Toby Alderweireld possibly on the move, with Tottenham Hotspur interested in the Belgian international according to the Daily Mirror.

If the Atletico Madrid-owned defender does move on this summer, Southampton will be left short at the back, and a new centre half will be needed.

Recent reports from the Daily Mail have suggested that the Saints are interested in Celtic star van Dijk, with his Dutch compatriot Koeman no doubt familiar with him.

The 23-year-old has been sensational for Celtic ever since his move from NAC Breda in 2013, but has possibly outgrown the Scottish Premiership - and having failed to make his Netherlands debut so far, van Dijk will be keen to earn that first international cap in the coming years, which may require a move to the Premier League.

Now, Le Tissier has told The Sun that van Dijk would be a 'terrific signing' for Southampton - if they can land him, having also signed Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster from Celtic in the last two summer transfer windows respectively.

"I like the look of van Dijk," said Le Tissier. "I think he’s just what we need. He would improve us in that area. We would be looking for a young, strong centre-half who can play the ball and have some pace. Van Dijk would be a terrific signing — if we can get him."

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch