Done deal: Southampton confirm signing of Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk

Southampton have confirmed on their official website that they have completed the signing of Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

BBC Sport previously reported that the Saints had agreed an £11.5m fee with the Scottish champions, and Ronald Koeman’s side have now confirmed on their website that the 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal at St Mary’s.

Although the south coast side kept a clean sheet during their emphatic victory over Norwich at the weekend, they have looked vulnerable at the back having lost several players during the summer.

Nathaniel Clyne and holding midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin have both left the club, while goalkeeper Fraser Forster and left-back Ryan Bertrand have missed the start of the season through injury.

Van Dijk is likely to complement the style of captain Jose Fonte, as while the Portuguese is the leader of the back four, and is thus, there to provide the steel, van Dijk brings a composure on the ball that will allow Koeman’s ethos to spread right through the team.

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