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Southampton: Matchday round-up

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It’s January and it seems like van Dijk is linked with every club under the sun.

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According to reports, Shane Long has been targeted by West Ham if they cannot pry away Jermaine Defoe from Sunderland. (Irish Independent)

Former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has said his current side, Everton, will provide a much greater test today. (ESPN FC)

Sofiane Boufal will jet off to join Morocco for the African Cup of Nations following the match at Everton. (Daily Mail)

Saints manager Claude Puel said the heavy fixture load has not contributed to the club’s continued struggles in front of goal. (Telegraph)

Reports suggest that Premier League leaders Chelsea have launched a £60m bid for Virgil van Dijk with Manchester City also being linked to the defender. (Goal/Metro)

Koeman, meanwhile, has also expressed his interest in van Dijk and has made a plea to Everton’s owners to table a £50m bid. (Mirror)

Southampton’s Cedric Soares said that Jose Fonte should do what makes him happy, including if it involves a move away from the club. (Daily Echo)