Everton looking to beat Tottenham to the signature of Southampton wantaway Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with Saints demanding £35m for ex-captain
- Ex-captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has one year left on his deal at Southampton
- Everton are hopeful of fending off interest from Spurs in the Denmark midfielder
- Saints value him at £35m and would prefer cash to a Tottenham part-exchange
- Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti is coy but has admitted he is an admirer of Hojbjerg
Everton are ready to firm up interest in Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as they bid to fend off rivals Tottenham.
Carlo Ancelotti refused to be drawn on the Goodison club’s interest in the 24-year-old this week, but the Toffees boss admitted that Hojbjerg is ‘a good player’.
Southampton want around £35million for the Denmark international who has one year left on his contract.
Wantaway Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is attracting interest from Everton
Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti admires the Denmark star and could swoop ahead of Tottenham
Tottenham are willing to offer cash plus players in exchange, including Kyle Walker-Peters, who is currently on loan on the south coast.
Southampton ideally want straight cash for their former captain and Everton hope they can take advantage of Tottenham’s financial struggles to reach an agreement to take the midfielder to Merseyside.
Other clubs are also interested in Hojbjerg, who has been out in recent games with an ankle injury and is doubtful to face Manchester City on Sunday.
Spurs have offered a part-exchange deal including Kyle Walker-Peters, who is on loan to Saints
He joined Southampton from Bayern Munich in 2016 for a transfer fee of around £12.8m.
Southampton are also discussing a contract for 16-year-old defender Leon Pambou, who is a former Metz academy graduate.
Hojbjerg lost the Southampton armband after making little secret of his wish to leave the club
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