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Villa rival Blackburn, Newcastle for Virgil van Dijk

Premier League competition is heating up for FC Groningen defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Sun says Newcastle United are set to open talks with £2.5m-rated Dutchman Van Dijk.

But boss Alan Pardew will have to head off interest from Premier League rivals Aston Villa and Blackburn for the Groningen centre-back, 20.

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