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Scout claims he left West Brom after they ignored his pleas to sign Virgil van Dijk

Former Albion scout Stuart Millar claims he left the Baggies after they ignored his recommendation to sign Virgil van Dijk.

Virgil van Dijk.
Virgil van Dijk.

Millar scouted the centre-back when he was at Celtic and reported back to Albion that they would double their money on the Dutch defender if they signed him.

Van Dijk eventually went to Southampton for £13million in September 2015 before being sold to Liverpool in January 2018 for £75m.

Millar told The Scottish Sun: “In my time at West Brom, I had to watch van Dijk 20 times. That was my brief.

“I knew after 20 minutes that he was good enough to play in the English Premier League.

“I recommended him to Tony Pulis and said, ‘We must sign him’. I put on the report, ‘If we sign Van Dijk we’ll double our money in two years’.

“I got that wrong because it was about ten times the value they got back.

“Unfortunately West Brom didn’t pursue that, which was frustrating on my part and ultimately why I left West Brom — because I was certain I was recommending a player who was top notch.

“I think it should be an embarrassment to every other club that watched him and didn’t pursue him.”

Millar is now director of football at Stranraer.

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