(BBC) – SOUTHAMPTON centre-back Virgil van Dijk will join Liverpool when the transfer window re-opens on January 1 in a world record £75M deal.The Netherlands international had been expected to join the Reds last summer after he handed in a transfer request.But a move fell through when Liverpool apologised for making an alleged illegal approach for the 26-year-old.The fee is the most ever paid for a defender – Manchester City paid £52M to Monaco for Benjamin Mendy in July.van Dijk said in a statement he was “delighted and honoured” to sign for the Merseyside club and accepted he had had a “difficult last few months” at St Mary’s.He was left out of Southampton’s squad for their 5-2 Premier League defeat by Tottenham on Tuesday, prompting speculation he was set to leave the club.“Southampton have agreed a fee that will set a new world record for a defender,” the south coast club confirmed yesterday.The player only signed a new six-year contract last year, having joined the Saints from Celtic for £13M in September 2015.However, Liverpool’s interest in the summer prompted a transfer request from the player which saw him forced to train alone by manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
6 Aug 2013 England name five new caps for Home Internationals Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire), winner of two key titles this season, and Jimmy Mullen, Royal North Devon), who played all four rounds of the Open Championship, are among five new caps in the England team for the Home Internationals, supported by Fairstone Financial Management, at Ganton, north Yorkshire, on 14th – 16th August. The other newcomers are Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) and Michael Saunders (Dartford, Kent). The rest of the squad is Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex), Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O), Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) and Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex). A number of England regulars such as Amateur champion Garrick Porteous, are unavailable as they are competing in the US Amateur Championship the same week. Evans, 26 (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), has won the Berkshire Trophy and the Biarritz Cup in France this year as well as collecting the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies, while Mullen, 19, lost a playoff for the Bernard Darwin Salver this year but finished equal third in the Brabazon Trophy after holing-in-one during the final round at Formby. Howard, 22, has been a regular in the Lancashire county team for some time and this year finished fifth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play and joint ninth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Marsh, 18, was unbeaten in his six outings in last year’s Boys Home Internationals and also reached the quarter finals of the British Boys. He was also a quarter finalist in this year’s Amateur Championship and reached the last 16 of last week’s English Amateur, while Saunders, 22, a former winner of the Lagonda Trophy, finished fifth in this year’s event, was runner-up in the recent Chiberta Grand Prix in France and seventh in the Brabazon Trophy. Casey, 20, England boy champion in 2011 and a former boy cap, made his full England debut in this year’s international with Spain and won the Selborne Salver, while Hinton, 24, played in the 2011 Home Internationals, won the Welsh Open Stroke Play the following year and was a member of England’s Eisenhower Trophy team. Rutherford, 21, is a former winner of the County Champions tournament who made his international debut in last year’s Home Internationals. He also finished third in the Brabazon Trophy and fourth in the South of England Open Amateur and this year he has been a quarter finalist in the Spanish Amateur. Shinkwin, 20, is the new English champion following his victory at Frilford Heath last weekend having been a semi-finalist in 2011. He made his England debut against France last year, winning all four of his games, and was a member of England’s victorious team in this year’s European Men’s Team Championships. He is currently second on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit. Stow, 21, has been an England regular since making his debut in the 2011 Home Internationals. Currently at college in America, he was a member of Wiltshire’s winning County Championship team that year and runner-up in the County Champions tournament, also in 2011. Last year, he won the individual competition at the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland. Tree, 19, a former under 16 and boy international, made his full England debut against France last year when he was a quarter finalist in the Amateur Championship. He has won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa over the past two winters and was a member of England’s winning Euro Nations Championship and European Team Championship squads this year. England will be looking to regain the Raymond Trophy after Scotland ended its run of three successive wins last year.