Report: Ben Gibson and Pontus Jansson on Southampton's January shopping list

Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pellegrino (L) gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Southampton at the Vitality...

Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson and Pontus Jansson of Leeds United are two of the players that Southampton have on their radar.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (print edition; 24th December 2017; page 61), Southampton have included both Pontus Jansson and Ben Gibson on their January shopping list as they prepare to potentially lose Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk has endured a disappointing season so far. But The Sun on Sunday suggests that the Dutchman departing St Mary's next month is likely - and it appears that the Saints are already considering some potential replacement options.

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Southampton, England.

The Sun on Sunday (print edition; 24th December 2017; page 61) reports that the south coast side are interested in Gibson and Jansson, who are both impressing in the Championship.

Jansson looks to be back to his best for Leeds after an underwhelming start to the campaign for the Swede, and his performances have helped put Thomas Christiansen's men into the play-off places at Christmas.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough claps the fans after the game during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur at the Riverside Stadium on September 24, 2016 in...

Meanwhile, Boro find themselves not far off the top six, but go into the New Year with plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Riverside Stadium after they sacked Garry Monk despite the side coming from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

It does not look like it is going to be easy for Southampton if they do decide to make a move for either player. Though Middlesbrough are outside the play-off places, the Northern Echo recently reported that they have no plans to sell Ben Gibson and will reject any bids that come in for the centre-back.

Meanwhile, Leeds would surely be making a massive mistake if they did not take a similar stance with Jansson. The former Torino man is such a popular member of the squad amongst the fans that him moving on would surely derail any promotion hopes that the Whites had.

But with The Times recently suggesting that the Saints would be looking for £70 million before they sold van Dijk, it certainly appears that they may well have the funds to make significant bids for either player if they do decide to follow up on their reported interest. 

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