Newcastle have been linked with Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk over the past few days.
The 23 year old is a man mountain at 6ft 4in and only moved to Celtic last year after rising to prominence in the Dutch league at Groningen where he played 67 times and scored 7 goals.
It is believed that Newcastle are looking for one more central-defender in their squad at the expense of last-season regular, Mike Williamson. Williamson was undoubtedly one of the club’s best performers last season, but Pardew believes that the club, in order to get to the next level, need to recruit in that area.
It is believed that the club have already lodged a bid in the region of £5m, but Celtic are holding out for £8m. His fate could very well be sealed by the successes of the Scottish Champions in the upcoming Champions League qualifiers. The club drew away to Slovenian club, Maribor, last night, and face a return leg next week.
If the Scottish giants fail to qualify, then he may well look to England to play his football. Having missed out on the Netherlands World Cup squad selection, it would be within Van Dijk’s best interests to get some experience in a more competitive league. He isn’t currently getting that in Scotland, in spite of what manager Ronny Deila insists, so a move to the Premier League could come sooner than later.
Here’s the lad in action: