Graphic: Southampton’s strongest line-up, including latest new signing Virgil van Dijk

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Southampton competed a deadline day deal for Virgil van Dijk from Celtic.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has had to perform another repair job this summer, following the departure of another pair of star players to fellow Premier League rivals.

Morgan Schneiderlin joined Manchester United and Nathaniel Clyne made a switch to Liverpool, while speculation was aplenty over the future of Victor Wanyama.

On this rare occasion, the Saints managed to keep hold of the ex-Celtic man and even strengthened on deadline day, bringing in Virgil van Dijk from Wanyama's former employers at Parkhead.

The Dutch ace has been a rock up in Scotland for the Hoops, helping Celtic to a glut of domestic honours and showing his worth on the European stage in previous Champions League campaigns.

Van Dijk becomes Southampton’s seventh permanent signing of the summer, and he will undoubtedly improve the club’s backline as we now take a look at the best possible XI available to Koeman.

As per the graphic above, van Dijk ought to join Jose Fonte in central defence, with fellow impressive summer signing – and Clyne replacement - Cedric Soares keeping his spot at right-back.

The Saints’ attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle are the real focal point of the team, and it’s about supplying them and protecting them as much as possible.

Koeman has plenty of other options in midfield and attack, with fellow new signing Oriol Romeu excelling in Wanyama’s absence during last weekend’s 3-0 win over Norwich City.

However, now that the dust has settled, Wanyama ought to retain his spot and his partner in the midfield two could realistically be one of a number of quality players, including Jordy Clasie.

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