Tottenham Hotspur are confident of completing a deal for Southampton star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, despite the fact the Saints have accepted a bid from Everton.
Jose Mourinho has identified Hojbjerg as the signing he needs to rebuild Tottenham’s midfield in the summer and the Dane has made it clear he wants to move to Spurs.
The Italian transfer guru revealed talks between the two clubs are still ongoing, even though Everton have reportedly submitted a successful bid.
Recent reports suggested Southampton will use their £25m offer as a starting point in negotiations, although Daniel Levy will look to lower their asking price.
Hojbjerg has informed the Saints he will not sign a new deal at St Mary’s, which resulted in him being stripped of the captaincy by Ralph Hasenhuttl in response.
The midfielder has missed out on several occasions since the Premier League restart, although he played the full 90 minutes against Brighton at right-back.
Hojbjerg, 24, who is the same age as Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, has played 33 games in the Premier League this season, supplying one assist, taking 1.4 shots, winning 2.4 tackles and completing 1.5 clearances per game on average (via WhoScored).
At some point it seemed like the Lilywhites were winning the race to sign the ex-Bayern Munich ace, but things are far from certain.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is determined to get his man at all costs, while it looks like Levy is determined to drive down their valuation as low as he possibly can.
Spurs had hoped he would be available for a cut-price deal, as revealed by The Times, although this no longer seems to be the case.
However, it is worth pointing out they should be able to afford him, as Levy paid £53.8m to sign Tanguy Ndombele last year. Whether or not the chairman will be willing to splash the cash is another matter entirely, as he has gained an unsavoury reputation for being notoriously tight-fisted over the years.
Spurs still have an ace up their sleeve, as he is represented by Pini Zahavi, who has a strong relationship with Mourinho, and this may sweeten the deal.
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