According to the reports, Virgil van Dijk has surprisingly been allowed back into training with the Southampton first-team after the summer of speculation linking him with a move to the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.
The Dutch centre-back was deemed not to be in the right frame of mind to train or play with the club by the Saints new manager Mauricio Pellegrino earlier in the summer, following the disappointment of failing to get his move away from St Mary’s.
However, the Daily Mirror claim that the 26-year-old star may now be in contention to play this weekend versus Watford in a surprise development.
Chelsea and Liverpool led the race for Van Dijk for much of the summer as a transfer seemed almost certain, but the Saints refused to budge on an asking price believed to be in the region of £70m.
The Netherlands international has a contract with Southampton until 2022, putting them under little pressure to buckle and sell for anything less than they judge as an acceptable fee.
Long known for being something of a selling club, Southampton have lost a number of key players to Liverpool in particular in recent years, such as Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.