Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg wants to join Tottenham this summer – with the north London outfit interested in using right-back Kyle Walker-Peters as part of a deal, according to the Evening Standard.
Hojbjerg, who has featured just three times for the Saints since the restart – although he was an unused substitute against Manchester United on Monday – has one year left on his Southampton contract and has previously stated that he’d like to play at a ‘higher level.’
Just two days before the St Mary’s outfit resumed their campaign at Norwich City last month, the 24-year-old was stripped of the captaincy for his comments and has started just one game since – the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.
And according to the report from the Standard, Jose Mourinho’s men are favourites to sign the midfielder, who joined the Saints from Bayern Munich in 2016 and has made 132 appearances in all competitions.
With Eric Dier recently dropping into defence, Mourinho is desperate to sign a holding midfielder – although Southampton are demanding £35million for the Dane.
However, Walker-Peters, who has featured heavily under Ralph Hasenhuttl since joining on loan in January, has been linked with a permanent move to the South Coast and could be key in Spurs’ attempts at trying to seal a deal for Hojbjerg.
Mourinho admitted last week that the 23-year-old still has a future at Tottenham, although having made just one appearance under the Portuguese prior to his departure, will most likely be looking for more regular first-team football – which could work in Spurs’ favour.