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Southampton have accepted a world record £75m bid from Liverpool for defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Netherlands international had been expected to join the Reds last summer after he handed in a transfer request.

But a move fell through when Liverpool apologised for making an alleged illegal approach for the 26-year-old.

The fee would be the most ever paid for a defender - Manchester City set a record when they paid £52m for Monaco's Benjamin Mendy in July.

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