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Done Deal: Southampton sign Dutch defender and former Arsenal & Man Utd target in £11.5m deal

Southampton have completed the signing of Virgil van Dijk in an £11.5m deal from Celtic on transfer deadline day.

The Saints confirmed on their official website that the Dutch centre-back has put pen to paper on a five-year deal, and he could make his debut for the club on 12 September against West Bromwich Albion.

Van Dijk had been rumoured to be on the radar of Arsenal and Manchester United this summer [via the Daily Express], but he has admitted that he was swayed by the ambition at Southampton after completing his move:

“I think it’s the right time for my development,” van Dijk told the club’s website. “I’m still quite young, 24, and still have a lot to learn.

“Southampton is the perfect step for me right now. It’s an amazing club. From the people I’ve met already it’s a very good feeling and I’m delighted to be here.

“I know it’s an ambitious club. They have been through a lot throughout the years. They are trying to play football and that’s something that really attracted me.”

The 24-year-old moved to Celtic in June 2013 from Groningen and made a total of 76 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, and is now set to continue his impressive development in England’s top flight.

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