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Southampton: Matchday round-up

Virgil van Dijk dominates the headlines as the January transfer window approaches.

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According to reports, Chelsea and Manchester City are prepared to wage a bidding war for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. (Daily Mail/Manchester Evening News)

Saints boss Claude Puel, however, insists van Dijk and Jose Fonte will stay at the club at least until the end of the season. (Sky Sports/Shoot)

Puel has also said he is not planning on strengthening his squad during the transfer window and instead utilising what is at his disposal already. (ESPN FC)

Fraser Forster hopes to displace Joe Hart as the England No. 1, saying, “I just have to do everything I can and everything I can control to make that happen.” (Mirror)

Southampton’s record-signing Sofiane Boufal will depart for the African Cup of Nations following the fixture at Everton and could be absent for up to five weeks. (Daily Echo)

With Memphis Depay on the chopping block at Manchester United, Saints have emerged as second favourites to land the Dutchman. (HITC Sport)

Former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman blews hot air when comparing his tenure on the South Coast with his new gig at Everton before his side’s 2-2 draw against Hull. (Liverpool Echo)