Newcastle United have been linked once again recently with Celtic centre-back Virgil Van Dijk.

United were originally said to have an interest two years ago when the 6ft 4 defender was still playing in Holland with Groningen.

That interest wasn’t followed up and now Celtic are reaping the benefits with Van Dijk proving a star act last season both in the Scottish Premier and Champions League.

virgil van dijkThe twenty two year old has now attracted plenty of attention and Celtic’s Chief Executive recently urged Virgil Van Dijk to give the Scottish Champions one more season, claiming it would allow the player to develop further, as well as Celtic benefiting of course.

However, as well as Newcastle, both Sevilla and Southampton are said to be closely looking at Van Dijk.

While Southampton have lost Luke Shaw for close on £30m and with Adam Lallana likely to join Liverpool for a figure close to that, the south coast club are said to be determined to reinvest a lot of the money that comes in, to ensure they are competitive next season.

As part of that process the Saints are reported to be ready to pay a premium to land Virgil Van Dijk, with an understanding seemingly lacking at Newcastle, that sometimes you do need to go that extra step to land key players.

Southampton also being aware that they are very likely to lost central defender Dejan Lovren, so are ready to move quickly to secure an up and coming replacement in Virgil Van Dijk.

11 comments
mrkgw
mrkgw 5pts

We should have signed him. £15m paid. Done. Simple as.

stepaylor
stepaylor 5pts

If i ownee qpr i would keep him. Anything to get back on the premier league. The money there is all that matters right now. Qpr have a good chance of going back up with Austin leading the line. Im surprised they didnt give barton a 1 year deal too

Cheshire Ranger
Cheshire Ranger 5pts

As a QPR fan I think this article is spot on, the club have signed some good players during the transfer window, there is a very good chance we will be in the mix for promotion again this year. Of course if we do go up we will almost certainly be in in the relegation battle again next season.

mactoon
mactoon 5pts

So what is the worst that can happen for QPR?


They could have had £12 million for him and bought a decent striker for half that. Now they will get half the £12 million in January when he realises he isn't featuring in any England squads or nothing in the summer. It's simple maths

QPR Jeff
QPR Jeff 5pts

He's a steal at £15 mill. Delighted he's still a Hoop for now. 20+ goal championship strikers are going for £10 mill plus and he's done it in the Prem. Could cost maclaren his job...how much was the crazy fella who can't stay on a pitch for 90mins???

mentalman
mentalman 5pts

The biggest problem for qpr is the ffp rules which they are breaching by keeping their highest paid players. They can't sustain the likes of charlie who is reportedly paid 85k per week, with others on similar wages to.

v0ices
v0ices 5pts

@mentalman but they can for a year because of parachute payments they are gambling on a fast return.  

QPR Jeff
QPR Jeff 5pts

Sensible article at last from North East. QPR offloaded about 17 players, most high earners. Austin is not one of them, signed when cutting costs in the championship last time. He's on about £25k per week. QPR previously stated they want him on a new contract, he can double his wages and stay or wait and treble them on a free. He's come from non-league and has a good attitude so good luck to him whichever. NUFC never even made an offer, if he’s going cheap or free will likely opt for a London club, not in relegation zone...

Mal44
Mal44 5pts

@QPR Jeff  If you get promoted then the gamble of not selling will have paid off, even if he goes on a free at the end of the season. I can't see him signing a new contract though as it's clearly in his interests now to run down his present one and pick up a massive signing on fee (not to mention higher wages) with a new club, providing of course he's continued to bang them in. Give Austin his due though, he has acted very professionally. Best of luck on getting promotion; if you manage it you'll be able to afford a good replacement anyway.

I don't believe the stuff about him only signing for a London club; I think he'll be open on that score. Which London clubs do you think won't be in the relegation zone by the way? :)

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder 5pts

Why have we had the Austin story shoved down our throats by the Chronicle every day of summer, the only reason we are fed up with it  is because of Ryder and the Chronicle if they had mentioned the link a few times fair enough but the overkill page fillers day after day after day....