Three European clubs have all reportedly had sizeable bids accepted for Southampton midfielder and Spurs transfer target Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
According to a report from the Daily Echo, the trio have all made offers in the region of the £25m price that Saints have put on the Denmark international’s head.
Hojbjerg has made it clear that he prefers a move to Spurs and Saints are still locked in talks with them over a potential deal that could involve Kyle Walker-Peters going the other way.
Via the Echo’s report though, Spurs value Hojbjerg at around £15m – a significant way below Saints’ asking price.
Everton have also been mentioned as a possible destination for the 24-year-old and were said to have agreed terms with Saints and Hojbjerg’s representatives back in July.
It is clear to see that this is going to be the transfer saga that Saints will be in the middle of this summer.
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In many ways, they will want to sell their asset to Spurs as soon as they can to ensure that they have maximum funds to bring in their own targets. The difficulty seems to be in getting tough businessman Daniel Levy to meet their demands though.
Spurs will also be fully aware of Saints’ desire to bring in Kyle Walker-Peters on a permanent deal following his impressive loan spell and will be using that as their bargaining chip.
Evidence of this has come with reported interest in the full-back from West Ham – the Hammers are said to have no interest at all in signing him and the reports of their potential pursuit could have come straight from Spurs.
Saints have also been playing a similar game though. Despite strong reports of an agreed deal between them and Everton for Hojbjerg, sources closer to Everton were unaware of such an agreement ever being in place.
For now, we wait. But surely Hojbjerg will be a Spurs player before the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
It just may take a slight lowering of the asking price from Saints on their man and from Spurs on theirs.