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According to reports, Arsenal have been handed a massive boost in signing Virgil van Dijk this summer transfer window.
Van Dijk has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirate Stadium this transfer window and now Southampton vice chairman Les Reed has insisted new signing Wesley Hoedt has been brought in the play with want away defender Virgil van Dijk, rather than instead of him.
Reports claim Liverpool are reportedly linked with a move for the £50m rated Dutchman
The Metro claims the Dutchman has since handed in a transfer request and is training with the under-18s, as well as being fined two weeks’ wages for refusing to play in the club’s pre-season friendlies.
However, Hoedt insisted his arrival at St Mary’s is to become a partner and not to replace his compatriot.
“Wesley is one of the most promising young defenders in Europe and represents a significant addition to our squad,” Reed said.
“We believe he can develop even further here at Southampton, alongside his international teammate Virgil van Dijk, as well as the likes of Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida, Jan Bednarek and Florin Gardos.”
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