Report: Everton identify Virgil van Dijk as a potential John Stones replacement

Everton and Southampton are reportedly interested in Celtic's Virgil van Dijk, while Chelsea allegedly want John Stones.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has identified Virgil van Dijk as a potential replacement for John Stones, according to The Sunday People.

It has been reported by the British newspaper that defender Stones is a target for reigning Premier League champions Chelsea.

If the 21-year-old England international leaves the Toffees this month, then the Merseyside outfit will enter the race for Celtic centre-back Van Dijk, according to the report.

It has also been reported by The Sunday People that Everton’s Premier League rivals, Southampton, have made a bid of £8 million for the 24-year-old Dutchman.

Good signing for Everton?

Van Dijk has been a huge success at Celtic and is one of the best players in the Scottish Premiership at the moment.

In fact, the 24-year-old is probably the best centre-back in the Scottish first division, and it is understandable why Everton and Southampton are both claimed to be interested in him.

The former Groningen star would be a good signing for Everton, despite the fact that he would arrive at Goodison Park after the season has started.

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