Florin Gardos was struck down with a six month injury, leaving Southampton to look for another centre-back, but Ronald Koeman has refused to be in drawn into whether the Saints are looking at Virgil van Dijk, when speaking to the Daily Echo.
He said: “Yes, we need one more in that position [centre-back]. It’s a lot in the media about the player. I think it’s the best in my position to say nothing about that, because everybody knows he’s a good player, it’s a lot of interest for the player. Let’s see what happens.”
Although not denying an interest in van Dijk, Koeman has certainly not admitted that he is actively moving to sign a ‘good player’, as he calls van Dijk.
Koeman has confirmed that he wants to bring in at least one more centre-back, and van Dijk looks a great option.
He is still only 24-years-old, and has shown that he already has an impressive ability in Scottish football and in Europe. Of course, doubts will remain about him until he starts to appear in a top level league, and a move to St Mary’s could appeal to him as he plans to further his career.
However, Koeman has refused to be drawn into whether he will be making a move for van Dijk in the coming weeks, but if he is a wise head coach, the Dutch centre-back looks like a perfect option.