Tottenham Hotspur are ‘on the brink‘ of reaching an agreement to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, with Kyle Walker-Peters poised to move in the opposite direction, reports say.
Jose Mourinho is close to making the 33-cap Denmark international his first summer signing after Spurs made a breakthrough during negotiations with the Saints.
While recent reports revealed Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side had accepted a bid from Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, amid interest from three unnamed European clubs, Hojbjerg has been heavily tipped to move to north London in the summer.
The 24-year-old has insisted he would prefer to move to Spurs and is biding his time until a deal can be done.
Kyle Walker-Peters, who spent the second-half of last season on loan at St Mary’s, is set to stay with the Saints in a separate deal worth £12m.
Hasenhuttl wanted to wrap up a deal for the 23-year-old as soon as possible, as the Lilywhites had been trying to get rid of the right-back to raise some much-needed funds, amid interest from several Premier League clubs.
It seems the Saints boss is close to getting his wish as Mourinho has made it clear he is considered surplus to requirements.
The Portuguese could find himself short of options as Serge Aurier appears destined for the exit but he is prepared to look elsewhere.
While it is worth pointing out the two potential transfers are being treated entirely separately, the board’s decision to send the academy product to the South Coast seems to have paid off.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a shrewd negotiator in the transfer window and was determined to drive down Southampton’s asking price for their former captain (Sky Sports). The Saints were originally holding out for £35m for Hojbjerg but it seems both clubs have struck a bargain deal in a big blow for Everton.
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