Football By Joe Crilly

What Odds That Saints Lose Both Their Centre Backs?

Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request at Southampton and William Hill think he is most likely to return to his homeland with a move to Benfica offered at 7/4. Manchester United are just behind in the running at 2/1 while he is 9/2 to head to China and play in the Super League. He is 6/1 to remain a Southampton player for the rest of the season.

Virgil van Dijk is odds on to remain at Southampton this January (2/5) however, he is 7/2 to move to Chelsea and 5/1 to head to Manchester City.

“Fonte’s transfer request must have come out of the blue and now Southampton face losing their first choice centre back partnership in the same window,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Jose Fonte’s club after the January transfer window: 7/4 Benfica; 2/1 Manchester United; 9/2 any Chinese club; 6/1 Liverpool; 6/1 Southampton; 12/1 Everton; 16/1 Arsenal; 16/1 Manchester City; 20/1 Crystal Palace; 20/1 Tottenham

Virgil van Dyke’s club after the January transfer window: 2/5 Southampton; 7/2 Chelsea; 5/1 Manchester City; 10/1 Liverpool; 10/1 Manchester United; 14/1 Everton