Albion miss out on Dutch starlet

Albion have failed in a bold attempt to beat Premier League clubs to the signing of highly rated young Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.


  The Seagulls made an undisclosed offer to top flight Dutch club Groningen for van Dijk in the last 24 hours but their bid for the 21-year-old has been rejected.


  Richard van Elsacker, Groningen's press officer, revealed to The Argus: "We can confirm there was a bid, which was made between yesterday and today, but we are not confirming the amount of the bid.


  "We have rejected the bid and our intention is for Virgil to play here for the rest of the season. He is one of our key players and we don't want to lose him during the winter period."


  Everton, Newcastle and Sunderland have all been linked with van Dijk, a Dutch under 21 international.


  Van Elsacker refused to say whether Groningen have received any other bids for the player.

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3:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13

BobbyZamoraIsALegend says...

No second bid then?
No second bid then? BobbyZamoraIsALegend

4:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13

dave from bexill says...

I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.
I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish. dave from bexill

4:02pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Seagull83 says...

Looks like an amazing player...

6 foot 4 dutch U21 CB, clinical finisher in the box as well!
Looks like an amazing player... 6 foot 4 dutch U21 CB, clinical finisher in the box as well! Seagull83

4:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

BobbyZamoraIsALegend wrote:
No second bid then?
Blimey, give them a chance!
[quote][p][bold]BobbyZamoraIsALegend[/bold] wrote: No second bid then?[/p][/quote]Blimey, give them a chance! Old Scrote of the Amex

4:14pm Fri 18 Jan 13

lotsofducks says...

dave from bexill wrote:
I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.
Brilliant - loved this!
[quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.[/p][/quote]Brilliant - loved this! lotsofducks

4:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Ringmer Rich says...

dave from bexill wrote:
I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.
Lol
[quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.[/p][/quote]Lol Ringmer Rich

4:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13

wiseman of hove says...

dave from bexill wrote:
I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.
10 out of 10 for that one!
[quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.[/p][/quote]10 out of 10 for that one! wiseman of hove

4:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

keswick says...

Shows the calibre of young player that G P/ T B are trying to bring in to the club.
Shows the calibre of young player that G P/ T B are trying to bring in to the club. keswick

5:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

college says...

Just caught the news.
Doctor told the Southampton chairman he needed to lose some dead weight in January. So he went for the Adkins diet.
Glad we've got a proper Chairman and not a muppet like Stains
Just caught the news. Doctor told the Southampton chairman he needed to lose some dead weight in January. So he went for the Adkins diet. Glad we've got a proper Chairman and not a muppet like Stains college

5:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13

bruce beckett says...

Dave from Bexhill and College take a bow. You can't beat good old fashioned British humour!
Dave from Bexhill and College take a bow. You can't beat good old fashioned British humour! bruce beckett

5:55pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Jonathan Mouette says...

bruce beckett wrote:
Dave from Bexhill and College take a bow. You can't beat good old fashioned British humour!
Class, pure class - and such a refreshing change from the usual slagging and insulting... Let's keep it going (although I haven't a thing to rival these...).
[quote][p][bold]bruce beckett[/bold] wrote: Dave from Bexhill and College take a bow. You can't beat good old fashioned British humour![/p][/quote]Class, pure class - and such a refreshing change from the usual slagging and insulting... Let's keep it going (although I haven't a thing to rival these...). Jonathan Mouette

6:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Hector66 says...

yes very funny guys.

hardly an exclusive story as billed, first saw this on the comment section on the other albion story, it having been reported up newcastle way.
yes very funny guys. hardly an exclusive story as billed, first saw this on the comment section on the other albion story, it having been reported up newcastle way. Hector66

7:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13

LACHANCE says...

We have not missed out itis still on going.
We have not missed out itis still on going. LACHANCE

8:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

It may still be going on Lachance but even if we met their valuation and paid a premium to get him now and not in the summer, can we afford his wages.

Newcastle, Everton and Sunderland can all afford his wages and they are all reportedly in the hunt.
It may still be going on Lachance but even if we met their valuation and paid a premium to get him now and not in the summer, can we afford his wages. Newcastle, Everton and Sunderland can all afford his wages and they are all reportedly in the hunt. VegasSeagull

9:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

One thing we now know for sure is that Gus is looking for a new CB in this window, that is one question that has now been answered.

Another thing we now know for sure is that the, spend big,' agenda is not going to stop at two million, four to six million might be nearer the mark.

I think it's also pretty clear that Gus plans to start Vicente as often as he can, go for the game in the first half and then get him off, job share role for Vicente, IMHO.
One thing we now know for sure is that Gus is looking for a new CB in this window, that is one question that has now been answered. Another thing we now know for sure is that the, spend big,' agenda is not going to stop at two million, four to six million might be nearer the mark. I think it's also pretty clear that Gus plans to start Vicente as often as he can, go for the game in the first half and then get him off, job share role for Vicente, IMHO. VegasSeagull

9:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Hovite says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
dave from bexill wrote:
I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.
10 out of 10 for that one!
I dunno I thought he was a **** good sweeper.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.[/p][/quote]10 out of 10 for that one![/p][/quote]I dunno I thought he was a **** good sweeper. Hovite

9:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Hovite says...

Hovite wrote:
wiseman of hove wrote:
dave from bexill wrote:
I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.
10 out of 10 for that one!
I dunno I thought he was a **** good sweeper.
By the way I only said Dam*
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dave from bexill[/bold] wrote: I saw him in Mary Poppins and he was rubbish.[/p][/quote]10 out of 10 for that one![/p][/quote]I dunno I thought he was a **** good sweeper.[/p][/quote]By the way I only said Dam* Hovite

10:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13

oksouthstander says...

Keep up the good work Gus..We are on the right tracks..Goalkeeper..
PL,Central Defender.Needed for PL.Otherwise PL Defence. Midfield..PL..Attack
ing Midfield.PL...Strike
rs..PL..Just the one piece to complete the puzzle.
Say No to Chelsea Guz and take us all the way...
Keep up the good work Gus..We are on the right tracks..Goalkeeper.. PL,Central Defender.Needed for PL.Otherwise PL Defence. Midfield..PL..Attack ing Midfield.PL...Strike rs..PL..Just the one piece to complete the puzzle. Say No to Chelsea Guz and take us all the way... oksouthstander

1:07am Sat 19 Jan 13

JoeBlow says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
One thing we now know for sure is that Gus is looking for a new CB in this window, that is one question that has now been answered.

Another thing we now know for sure is that the, spend big,' agenda is not going to stop at two million, four to six million might be nearer the mark.

I think it's also pretty clear that Gus plans to start Vicente as often as he can, go for the game in the first half and then get him off, job share role for Vicente, IMHO.
I don't think this necessarily means GP is looking for a CB. I think he has made it clear in the past that if a special opportunity comes along he will try to take it if it improves the team. He may well be looking for one but I don't think this proves it.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: One thing we now know for sure is that Gus is looking for a new CB in this window, that is one question that has now been answered. Another thing we now know for sure is that the, spend big,' agenda is not going to stop at two million, four to six million might be nearer the mark. I think it's also pretty clear that Gus plans to start Vicente as often as he can, go for the game in the first half and then get him off, job share role for Vicente, IMHO.[/p][/quote]I don't think this necessarily means GP is looking for a CB. I think he has made it clear in the past that if a special opportunity comes along he will try to take it if it improves the team. He may well be looking for one but I don't think this proves it. JoeBlow

7:39am Sat 19 Jan 13

Gibseagull says...

Wouldn't rule out a second bid - this guy looks like a tall, strong, ball playing, goal scoring CB, think a young Mark Lawrenson who scores a few goals.
Wouldn't rule out a second bid - this guy looks like a tall, strong, ball playing, goal scoring CB, think a young Mark Lawrenson who scores a few goals. Gibseagull

9:05am Sat 19 Jan 13

mikeygit says...

Is Gus looking to 'bolster' up the defence or aiming to replace someone?? I wonder if there will be another bid, and IF we will know about it??
Is Gus looking to 'bolster' up the defence or aiming to replace someone?? I wonder if there will be another bid, and IF we will know about it?? mikeygit

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