Alex Bruce has backed Tottenham’s plans to organise a part-exchange deal involving Kyle Walker-Peters for Southampton star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hull defender believes a swap deal would work out best for everyone involved. Earlier this month, the outlet revealed that Spurs may offer Walker-Peters as part of a bid to sign the Saints skipper in the summer.
Sky Sports reported that Jose Mourinho has identified Hojbjerg at the top of his list of targets but the head coach is well aware that his budget will be severely restricted in the upcoming transfer window.
The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour with the Spurs boss after appearing to criticise the Portuguese in an interview with Southampton’s official website and he was subsequently shipped out on loan to the south coast in January.
Bruce told Football Insider: “I like Hojbjerg, he’s competitive, he’s a combative midfielder and that would obviously help Tottenham so he’d be a good one for them.
“The coaches at Spurs and that will know what they’ve got and sometimes they can be a little bit of traffic on the old motorway and you can’t find your way into the team because it clogged up.
“If he (Walker-Peters) can go to another Premier League team, get his game time, that will be beneficial to him as well because he’s definitely a prospect.”
It is difficult to disagree with the pundit on this one, as there is no doubt a swap would benefit both players and their two clubs in the future.
A £13.7m signing from Bayern Munich in 2016, Hojbjerg has played in 28 games for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side this season, creating one assist, making 2.4 tackles per game, averaging 1.5 interceptions and successfully completing 1.7 clearances on average (WhoScored).
The Danish international has previously made it clear that he is keen to take the next step in his career, as he wants to win the Premier League and play in the Champions League, which is in line with Mourinho’s personal ambitions, and he is now looking for a move away from Southampton.
On the other hand, Walker-Peters has only made one appearance under the 57-year-old all season and he is considered surplus to requirements in north London. It is worth noting that Hasenhuttl is an admirer of the Englishman and this could pave the way for a deal to be made between the two clubs.
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