Tottenham are hopeful of concluding the £15million signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton this week after a breakthrough in talks. On the other hand, Spurs defender Kyle Walker-Peters will go in the opposite direction in a separate deal worth £12m, after clearly impressing since being on loan at St Mary’s for the second half of the 2019-20 season.
Denmark international Hojbjerg turned down the chance to move to Everton as he held out for Southampton to agree terms with his favoured club.
The 24-year-old wanted to link up with Jose Mourinho and will provide the protection for his defence.
Southampton had wanted around £25m for Hojbjerg who has one year left on his contract.
Hojbjerg has been at Southampton since signing in the summer of 2016 from Bayern Munich.
Ignored as captain in June and a mainstay in a rejuvenated Saints side, the Dane was integral to Southampton’s steady and, in the end, comfortable road to Premier League survival.
Meanwhile, Walker-Peters joins after originally moving to the south coast in January on loan.
Southampton have also been considering other options for right back, including Matty Cash of Nottingham Forest and West Ham’s Ryan Fredericks.