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What Southampton plan to do if Liverpool bid for Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool fans headed into transfer deadline day hoping their club would spend around £175 million.

However, with less than 12 months hours remaining, it doesn’t look as though that will be the case.

The Reds may have confirmed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £35 million but they’re running out of time to sign both Thomas Lemar and Virgil van Dijk - who they have been linked with.

Lemar is set to play for France this evening in a World Cup qualifier against Holland, meaning a deal for the Monaco winger looks increasingly unlikely.

As for Van Dijk, Liverpool have been trying to sign the Dutchman throughout the summer despite being made to apologise for their illegal approach.

The Merseysiders released an official statement earlier this summer that read: “Liverpool Football Club would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs.

“We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.

“We respect Southampton's position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.”

And Liverpool have seemingly stayed true to their words about ending their interest in the player, despite all of the reports.

The Reds are yet to make a move for the 26-year-old since that apology and that remains the case as we enter the final few hours.

But what would happen if Liverpool were to offer a crazy £70 million?

Well, according to Sky Sports, they won’t budge.

Despite the defender being made to train by himself having handed in a transfer request, Southampton insist he’s “99.9% certain” to remain at the club.

As well as Sky Sports stating that Southampton will reject every offer, BBC journalist Ian Dennis revealed that "no more incomings expected" at Liverpool after they announced Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It seems Liverpool have left it too late to convince the Saints to sell their best defender.

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