Southampton's Jose Fonte gives his verdict on Virgil van Dijk's potential arrival

Southampton are reportedly close to a deal for Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk.

Southampton skipper Jose Fonte believes Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk will add plenty of quality and competition at the back should the defender join the club this summer, the Sun reports.

The Saints have been heavily linked with the Dutchman this summer and hope to conclude an £8 million move for the former Groningen star before the transfer deadline, as per the Sun.

He boasts a reputation at Parkhead as one of the best defenders in Scotland, possessing height, speed and awareness among a number of other standout attributes.

Van Dijk is seemingly ready to make the step up to the Premier League and his potential arrival on the south coast has been given its full support by Saints skipper Jose Fonte.

"I know he’s a good player. If he comes, he’ll add quality to the team and more competition at the back. It will be interesting," he was quoted as saying by The Sun.

Southampton’s need for a new defender:

The Saints have been unlucky in regards to their defence this summer, first missing out on Toby Alderweireld to Tottenham Hotspur and then losing Florin Gardos to a long-term injury.

Ronald Koeman’s men boasted the best defensive record in the Premier league last season but to repeat such a feat they will undoubtedly need at add at least one more quality player before the deadline.

Celtic's Van Dijk played as many as 58 matches in all competitions for the Hoops last season, helping the club win a domestic double of the Scottish Premiership and League Cup.

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