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Virgil-van-Dijk-CelticSouthampton have completed the signing of Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk on a five-year deal.

The Holland international, 24, had been lined up for a move to Arsenal.

But Saints boss Ronald Koeman made his interest concrete and swooped to seal a deal this afternoon.

Southampton agreed an £11.5m fee with Celtic following their failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Van Dijk joined Celtic in 2013 after three years with Groningen. He has won back-to-back league titles as well as the Scottish Cup.

Van Dijk said: “I’m delighted. It was a very easy decision to join this club.

“This is a very ambitious club, who have been doing very well in the last couple of years. It’s a great place to be and it’s the right step for me.

“For me now to get the opportunity to play in the Premier League is unbelievable and I will enjoy it.

“I know it’s an ambitious club – they have been through a lot throughout the years. They are trying to play football and that’s something that really attracted me.

“I’m so excited. I hope to settle in really quick, get everything around football sorted, start playing and enjoying it because the most important thing in football is to have fun and enjoy every day.”

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