Everton are still interested in signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to the Daily Star.

The 26-year old centre-back’s future has been a large topic of discussion for several months now, with a number of elite clubs said to be interested in his signature.

According to the Star, Koeman attempted to sign van Dijk in January although a knee injury scuppered a potential move. Rival club Liverpool have been most heavily linked this summer, although the Reds released a statement in early June declaring an end to the club’s interest in the player, following a tapping-up claim by the South Coast club.

With Ramiro Funes Mori now facing an injury lay-off, Koeman may look to further strengthen his backline, having already brought in Michael Keane from Burnley for an initial fee of £25million.

Koeman was the man to bring the Netherlands international to England for £13million two years ago from Celtic, and now hopes to reunite with the player who is now regarded as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

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