Southampton Boss Guarded Over Liverpool Target
Liverpool’s hopes of signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk have been given a boost by Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino.
The Dutchman was an Anfield transfer target during the summer only for the Reds to see their efforts to sign him thwarted after Southampton reported them for an alleged illegal approach.
Liverpool’s interest came to an end in June and van Dijk put in an official transfer request. But the Reds are being linked with a fresh move in January and were given fresh hope after van Dijk was left of the Saints side for the trip to Chelsea on Saturday.
When asked about van Dijk, Pellegrino admitted that his future was up in the air.
“I can’t control the market, I am not the owner,” he said.
“I have my opinion, I have to give to the technical director and the chairman my opinion, but the club will decide what’s best.
“I can’t control the market, and I am not the owner of the players, I will recommend to keep our best player here, in the club.”
Pellegrino preferred summer signing Wesley Hoedt to van Dijk for the 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
“We have to choose the players who want to help the club 100 per cent,” he said before the match.
Sturridge Set For Loan Move
Meanwhile, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge looks set to leave the club on loan in January. The 28-year-old was linked earlier this week with interest from La Liga sides Valencia and Real Betis and reports today claim he has been told he can leave the club on a temporary basis.
The Sun On Sunday claims Liverpool want Sturridge’s £125,000-a-week wages to be covered in the event of any exit. But it’s unlikely the Reds will see all the striker’s wages paid by any club that loans Sturridge. Few clubs can afford to pay such wages on top of a loan fee. Certainly, the two La Liga sides are unlikely to pay so much.
Liverpool’s best hopes lie with them paying at least half of Sturridge’s salary, but even then any loan move is likely to be to another Premier League club.