It appears Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s time at Southampton will come to an end when the next transfer window opens.
Tottenham are in talks with Southampton to sign the Danish midfielder in a swap deal for defender Kyle Walker-Peters, David Hytner of the Guardian reports.
Hojbjerg’s deteriorating relationship at the club hit a low point when he was stripped of the captaincy in June. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said the 24-year-old refused to sign an extension with the Saints after appointing James Ward-Prowse as the new skipper.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly eager to sign a defensive midfielder with qualities similar to Hojbjerg’s and is prepared to part with Walker-Peters, who joined Southampton on loan in January.
Walker-Peters is reportedly ready to accept a move to the Saints after featuring regularly under Hasenhuttl since the season resumed.
The final hurdle will be agreeing on player values, as Hytner reports that Southampton have placed a £25-million valuation on Hojbjerg. Spurs may have to pay a fee to complete the swap deal as Hojbjerg’s price tag is higher than Walker-Peters’ value in the transfer market.