‘This is a joke right?’ – Saints fans react to summer link

Southampton are used to seeing their big players leave year-on-year, meaning it is no surprise they are being linked with a whole host of centre-halves should captain Virgil van Dijk depart this summer.

Despite being injured, and quite possibly out for the rest of the season, the Netherlands international is still being heavily linked with a big money move away when the window reopens in the coming months.

Before picking up his ankle problem, courtesy of Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in a 3-0 over the Foxes – the former Celtic man had been Claude Puel’s player of the season, and was up there with the best in the Premier League in terms of performances.

With Chelsea now supposeldy in the driving seat to land a deal for the Saints skipper, reports are suggesting that the south coast club could turn to January target Mamadou Sakho once again to fill the void.

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The Liverpool defender, who is currently on loan with Crystal Palace, was mooted as a replacement for now West Ham man Jose Fonte in the January window, however nothing came to be.

The news of a renewed interest has not gone down too well with some Saints fans on Twitter:

However, some corners of the St. Mary’s faithful feel it could be a good idea: