Southampton have asked the Premier League to investigate illegal advances from Liverpool to try and sign their star defender, Virgil van Dijk.
That is according to the Daily Echo, who say that the Saints hierarchy are seething after a number of Liverpool-based journalists reported at the same time that the Dutchman wanted to move to Anfield.
Many of the stories from them also state that Van Dijk’s desire to join the club was because of Jurgen Klopp’s involvement in recruitment, prompting the south coast club to believe there is an illegal aspect.
The Saints have now reported the matter to the Premier League and it is said that the debacle has made the club adamant that they will not be selling the Dutchman to the Reds.
Rumours have suggested that Klopp’s side were prepared to pay around £60m for Van Dijk, a figure that would shatter the world record fee for a defender.
Liverpool are desperate to strengthen their defence and are likely searching for a capable partner to slot in alongside Joel Matip.
Despite Dejan Lovren’s improvement, it is clear that the Croatian is not a viable option at the highest level and Van Dijk would truly elevate the department.
Nevertheless, if it is discovered that Liverpool did indeed make an illegal approach for Van Dijk, they can forget about signing him.
The Reds have acquired Lovren, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane from the Saints in recent windows but that trend may be brought to a halt.