Report: Sunderland's plans to sign Virgil van Dijk depend on one thing

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Sunderland will reportedly move for Celtic's Virgil van Dijk if they secure their Premier League safety.

The Northern Echo has reported that Sunderland will make a bid to sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic, if they remain a Premier League club.

The Black Cats are fighting to stay in English football’s top flight beyond this season, which will determine whether they go after the highly rated Dutchman.

The paper claims that Sunderland’s interest in the defender hasn’t wavered after previous attempts to get their hands on him have proven to be unsuccessful.

Celtic are likely to fight hard to keep the player with Ronny Deila openly admitting his importance to the Celtic cause, after the Bhoys secured a double in the Norwegian’s first season at Parkhead.

Sunderland are also going to be battling against a likely willingness from the player to compete in the Champions League, which is something Celtic will be able to offer next year.

Therefore, Dick Advocaat, or whoever replaces him, needs to try and find a way to present the team as a better proposition than would be the case if he opted against pushing for a move, deciding to settle for life in Scotland.

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