Wesley Hoedt: Southampton sign £15m Dutch defender from Lazio

Confirmed: Player Wanted By All Top EPL Clubs Not For Sale

Liverpool remain interested despite being forced to issue a public apology after Southampton reported them to the Premier League for tapping-up the centre-back in June but Yahoo Sports reported last week that the Saints were determined not to do business with the Merseysiders.

The 23-year-old Hoedt has signed a five-year deal at St Mary's and is the club's third summer signing.

Lazio sporting director Ighli Tare has confirmed that Wesley Hoedt will be joining Southampton.

And the arrival of centre-back Wesley Hoedt from Lazio on Tuesday had some fans questioning Van Dijk's future, but Southampton insist the new recruit will partner Van Dijk, not replace him.

After putting pen to paper to complete his move from Serie A, Hoedt said: 'I'm really happy to be here.

When asked about Van Dijk, Gerrard told BT Sport: "Yes [he is a necessity for Liverpool]".

Van Dijk has been training away from the Southampton first team squad in recent weeks, with his reluctance to play in pre-season matches and absence from the club's first two games of the Premier League season adding to the animosity between all parties.

"Wesley is one of the most promising young defenders in Europe and represents a significant addition to our squad", Southampton Vice Chairman Les Reed said.

"Finding a top-quality central defender is hard in the current environment and now we have six internationals in this position, both young and experienced".

Liverpool are unlikely to sign Julian Draxler during this summer's transfer window but the club still hold out hope that van Dijk will join.

Swansea City have agreed an initial £15m fee with Hull City for midfielder Sam Clucas.

Sky in Italy believe the south-coast club offered an initial £15.5m but are now reporting the final deal is worth £17m.

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