HAVING just read that Virgil van Dijk has mentioned that he may push for a move in January, it occurred to me that this was probably always the plan, especially if Southampton agree to let him go.

This result would no doubt appease the fans and Van Dijk as well, unless Southampton football club decide otherwise.

Rickie Lambert has just retired from football and affectionately regards Saints as the best club he ever played for.

I have been a Saints fan for 51 years and in my opinion he must go down as one of the most honest, dedicated and talented strikers Saints have ever had.

It’s such a pity that not all players are cast from the same mould as him.

Alan Ball