​Southampton's wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk has already agreed personal terms with Liverpool and could join the Reds in January claims journalist Ian McGarry. The Dutch defender was courted by Liverpool during the transfer window but failed to secure a move by the deadline and now has to stay at Southampton at least until January.

McGarry claims that since Van Dijk will not be cup tied for European competitions, he might still yet earn a move to Anfield in the winter transfer window, something that is unlikely to happen for other rebels Philippe Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, as reported by the ​Daily Star, McGarry said, "Van Dijk, compared to his fellow rebels in the Premier League Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho, has one great advantage in that he's not going to be cup tied for European football in the January window."

"So, I would say of those three he's got the best prospects of leaving and joining a club in January. Liverpool was his first choice."

"I spoke to a close friend of his and Van Dijk definitely believed his deal to Liverpool was all agreed in terms of his personal terms in terms of this transfer window that's just closed," he added.

However, McGarry also explains that Southampton do not need money following their take over by Chinese investors and thus, could refuse to sell the Netherlands international.

"I think the takeover of Southampton Football Club, I say takeover, but the investment in Southampton Football Club had a negative effect from Van Dijk's point of view. They no longer wanted, or needed, the money that they would get from selling him to Liverpool for about £55m."

"Whether that backfires on them in regard to the player's performance we'll have to wait and see as he's not featured yet. But I go back to the original point in that Van Dijk has a good chance of moving in January where I would say Sanchez and Coutinho don't," McGarry concluded.

Van Dijk had been training with the reserves for the past month but is now back to full training with the first team and could soon feature for Mauricio Pellegrino's side in the Premier League.