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Ronald Koeman wants Van Dijk reunion at Everton

The Everton boss is targeting the Southampton defender.

Everton v Swansea City - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

According to the Mirror, Everton manager Ronald Koeman is planning a reunion with Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk.

After a strong start to the season, the Blues defence has crumbled in recent weeks, conceding seven in their last three games.

Captain Phil Jagielka has come in for stern criticism, with many believing the England man is now past his best and needs to be replaced.

It seems Koeman is of a similar mind and the Mirror reports he is keen on his former defender Virgil Van Dijk.

The Dutchman has been a star performer for the Saints since arriving from Celtic in 2013 and has earned raved reviews for his performances this season.

Indeed, he was in impressive form for the Saints when they beat Everton 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

He has already been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, with a transfer fee of £40million touted.

Everton have now been added to the list of suitors and the Mirror reports that fee does not put them off as Koeman searches for a top quality centre-back to add to his side.

The Dutchman has been promised funds by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, who recently claimed they were not put off by a £60million asking price for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

Their attention appears to have switched, though, and it remains to be seen if they can tempt Southampton into selling their star man in the January transfer window.