Spurs have been chasing the Dane for several months now after Jose Mourinho indicated he is at the top of his list of transfer targets, via Sky Sports.
While Daniel Levy has developed an unsavoury reputation for being notoriously tight-fisted, the club are confident they can reach an agreement with the Saints in a matter of weeks.
Tottenham have borrowed heavily from the Bank of England, as Levy took out a loan of £175m through a government scheme to cover the costs of the pandemic.
Regardless, Spurs are in discussions with the player’s agent Pini Zahavi to sort out terms ahead of a potential move.
Hojbjerg’s shifts on the South Coast over the past few seasons have brought him to Mourinho’s attention. The 24-year-old, who has played for Bayern Munich, has made 30 appearances for the Saints this season, supplying one assist, winning 2.6 tackles per game, averaging 1.5 interceptions and successfully completing 1.6 clearances on average (WhoScored).
Zahavi has a strong relationship with Mourinho, which may make Levy’s job a lot easier. He has also been involved in some of the biggest transfers in the world, as he helped to orchestrate Neymar’s world-record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Portuguese is acutely aware his budget has been severely restricted in response to the COVID-19 crisis as Levy tries to reduce the financial repercussions.
In theory, the Saints’ asking price should be more than affordable for Spurs, as they broke the bank to sign Tanguy Ndombele last year. However, clubs are operating in uncertain times, and it remains to be seen what deals can be made before the transfer window shuts.
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