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Virgil Van Dijk Interesting Newcastle Again After Celtic Collapse

6 years ago
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Celtic’s Virgil Van Dijk is reported to be back on Newcastle’s wish list after Celtic’s dramatic collapse in their Champions League qualifier first leg.

Despite taking the lead against Legia Warsaw, the Scottish champions were taken apart 4-1, which could have been so much worse without heroics from Fraser Forster including a saved penalty, plus the Polish club guilty of another spot-kick being put wide.

With the odds stacked against Celtic in the second leg on Wednesday night, the big trump card they can offer their better players looks almost sure to disappear.

Celtic’s Chief Executive had urged Virgil Van Dijk to give the club at least one more year but that may fall on deaf ears if a Champions League exit is confirmed tomorrow night.

Newcastle have been credited with an interest in the Dutch centre-back dating well before his move to Scotland last summer and the desperate need for a quality centre-back at United hasn’t changed in the meantime.

At only twenty three his age ticks the box for Mike Ashley, although a valuation of up to £10m might be harder to stomach, especially for a player who arrived in Scotland for only £2.5m twelve months ago.

If Van Dijk does push for a move, they could face a battle with cash-laden Southampton who were linked last month with the defender, as well as ex-United keeper Fraser Forster, who looks very likely to leave Celtic Park this summer after previously expressing his wish for more competitive football to help his club and international aspirations.

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