Everton are favourites to sign Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring their first goal

Everton boss Ronald Koeman left Southampton to move to Goodison Park earlier this summer.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring their first goal

The odds that bookmaker BetVictor are offering on Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk moving to Everton have dramatically shortened recently.

Van Dijk started the transfer window as an outsider to leave the Saints this summer, but the chances of him moving to the Toffees have increased considerably - according to the bookies.

BetVictor now offer odds of just 10/3 on Van Dijk moving to Everton before September.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk in action with Newcastle's Siem De Jong

At the moment, there are no suggestions that the Toffees will make a move for the Southampton centre-back.

However, the shortening price offered on him moving to Everton is an intriguing development.

Van Dijk has recently signed a new contract with Southampton - suggesting he is happy at St. Mary’s.

Everton do have money to spend this summer, though, and Ronald Koeman is on the lookout for a new centre-back.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

Koeman is known to be an admirer of Van Dijk, as he was the manager who brought the Dutch international to the south coast club.

Koeman is yet to bring a Southampton player with him to Everton, but there is no clause in his contract stopping him from raiding his former employers, as has previously been suggested.

Southampton have already sold key players Victor Wanyama, Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane this summer.

General view outside the stadium before the match - Goodison Park

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