Liverpool have announced they have agreed a deal to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

The club posted a picture of the Netherlands defender on their website holding a Liverpool jersey and saying that he will join the team when the transfer window reopens on Jan. 1.

A source close to Liverpool said the fee for the deal was £75 million, which would make Van Dijk the most expensive transfer in club history and also constitute a record fee for a defender.

Liverpool had held a long-standing interest in the Netherlands defender and wanted to sign him in the summer until they were forced to publicly apologise to Southampton amid tapping-up allegations.

Speculation had been rife regarding Van Dijk’s future after he was absent from the matchday squad for Southampton’s last two games.

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