Report: Celtic star Virgil van Dijk targets swift Premier League deal, Bhoys want bidding war

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Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk reportedly wants a move to the Premier League this week.

According to Dutch publication Voetbal International, Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk wants to seal a move to the Premier League by the end of the week.

Van Dijk, 24, joined the Bhoys from Groningen in his native Netherlands back in 2013, and the athletic centre back has been nothing short of superb ever since.

However, much likes recent Celtic stars Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama and Gary Hooper, the lure of the Premier League has come calling for Van Dijk.

Recent reports from the Daily Mirror suggested that Southampton are poised to sign Van Dijk as a replacement for Toby Alderweireld, whilst the Daily Mail reported that Everton were also interested in the Dutchman in case they lost star defender John Stones.

A departure seems almost inevitable at this stage, and Voetbal International report that Van Dijk wants his move to the Premier League tied up this week, preventing any move from dragging into the unpredictable deadline day in a week's time.

The report also states that Celtic are hoping a bidding war between Premier League clubs ensues after tonight's Champions League clash with Malmo, with the Bhoys obviously looking to maximise any transfer fee they receive for their star defender.

Southampton may be favourites for Van Dijk's signature, but with other Premier League teams no doubt lurking in the background, Celtic could well get the bidding war they want - but ultimately, it looks like they will lose Van Dijk in the near future.

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