Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. It ends a drawn-out process, with Spurs having been after the Denmark international for weeks. The 25-year-old joins on a five-year contract. Meanwhile, in a separate deal, Spurs youngster Kyle Walker-Peters has made his loan move to Southampton permanent, ending a seven-year association with the club.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg Completes Spurs Move as Kyle Walker-Peters Leaves for Southampton
Spurs Land Their Man
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It’s not clear exactly what the fee for Hojbjerg ended up being. However, BBC Sport report that it falls somewhere in between Southampton’s £25 million asking price and the £15 million opening offer from Spurs.
He has signed a five-year deal with the club, becoming their first signing of the summer. The Dane will be looking to break into Jose Mourinho’s starting midfield straight away. He faces competition from the likes of Harry Winks and the supposedly out of favour Tanguy Ndombele, while Dele Alli, Oliver Skipp and Gedson Fernandes can also operate in that area.
Walker-Peters Goes the Other Way
Just the start ⚡️
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Separate from the Hojbjerg deal, Kyle Walker-Peters has made his loan deal at Southampton from Spurs a permanent one.
The Daily Echo’s Tom Crocker reports that the fee for Walker-Peters is around £12 million and he has also signed a five-year contract with the Saints.
Speaking to the club website about the permanent arrival, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “It was not easy for Kyle when he arrived here. He needed some time to adapt to our style of play, and then we had this period where we could not be together as a team.
“But you could see from how he performed when we came back that he had worked a lot in this time, both on his physical condition and also on his understanding of our own game. It says a lot to me about this player that he was able to do this.”