​Former Portsmouth and Newcastle striker Micky Quinn has stated that Liverpool are on the ​brink of completing a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, as reported by the ​Daily Star


Van Dijk has established himself as one of the Premier League's top defenders after a brilliant first half of last season. 

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Sadly for the Dutch international, injury ruled him out of the remainder of the campaign following an ankle injury in January. 


But despite his injury worries, Liverpool are believed to be the front runners to sign the 25-year-old in a deal worth £50m. 


Discussing the transfer with talkSPORT, former Magpies for Quinn believes the Reds should go all out to get their man: 


"I think he is worth it. 


"He's got everything, when he's fit he's got absolutely everything. He's a footballing centre-half, he's aggressive, tackling, heading.


"I said to Danny (Kelly, talkSPORT presenter) yesterday Liverpool are very close to signing him.

Now, it could be like buying a house, you could get gazumped in the market, I don't know.

"Liverpool are very close and you have a look at all the bookmakers at the moment, he's as short as 1/2, 2/5 to sign for Liverpool.


"I'm just hoping nobody blows them out of the water!"


Van Dijk has a contract with Southampton until 2020 which adds significant value to his transfer fee. But with a host of clubs in the market for the 25-year-old, Liverpool will have to break the bank to sign the centre-half.