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Arsenal and Manchester City are looking into signing Celtic's young defender Virgil van Dijk, according to the Daily Star.

Both sides are said to have sent scouts to watch the Dutchman in action for Celtic.

The talented 22-year-old has impressed since joining the Scottish side in June 2013. 

Celtic signed him from Dutch side Groningen for £1.6 million, but he is contracted to them for the next three years- with the option of a fourth year- meaning he could command a fee of around £10 million.

Van Dijk has played 29 times for Celtic this season, scoring on three occasions.

His manager Neil Lennon has tipped him for an International call up in the near future.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Lennon said: “It’s inevitable, if he keeps going and progressing the way he is, that he’ll become a Dutch international.”

He continued: “He makes it look easy.

"People seem to think he has a laid-back attitude, but his work ethic is very high and he’s a kid who wants to get better."

Van Dijk is one of several players under consideration by Arsene Wenger during the transfer window as the Arsenal manager bids to reinforce his side's credentials as Premier League title challengers.

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