Tottenham confident of signing Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer #PL

Tottenham confident of signing Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer




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Tottenham Hotspur are confident they will sign Southampton Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer, as long as the club can raise the transfer fee through sales.

And the move for Hojbjerg will place another question mark against the future of Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele.

Hojbjerg is near the top of head coach Jose Mourinho’s wanted list to strengthen his options in the middle of the pitch for Spurs.

The 24-year-old midfielder has one year remaining on his contract and is understood to favour a move to Tottenham over other current options.

Spurs are, therefore, optimistic they will be able to land Hojbjerg, but Mourinho is likely to have to raise money to do so through sales.

One way of doing that would be trying to negotiate a deal in which right-back Kyle Walker-Peters makes his loan move to Southampton permanent, with Hojbjerg moving in the opposite direction.

It is believed that Southampton value Hojbjerg at around £35million, but Spurs will hope to get that figure down.

Tottenham have been badly impacted by the coronavirus crisis and Mourinho is limited to free transfers, loans and signings he can finance through sales.

That will no doubt raise the prospect of whether or not Tottenham could be tempted to cash in on Ndombele, just a year after spending £55.45m on him.

Chairman Daniel Levy has so far insisted Ndombele is not for sale, but that stance has already been tested since the restart with the 23-year-old yet to even feature off the substitutes’ bench.

Other players Spurs could look to sell to help finance moves in the transfer market are defenders Juan Foyth and Danny Rose, who extended his loan at Newcastle United until the end of the delayed season.

Apart from Hojbjerg, Mourinho wants to sign a right-back this summer, with Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne, who has one year remaining on his contract and can play on the right or left, one player on the club’s radar.

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