Darren Bent has tipped Tottenham youngster Oliver Skipp to replace Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at Southampton in a season-long loan deal.
It has been reported that Hojbjerg would like to leave the Saints for the Lilywhites this summer (Evening Standard).
The Evening Standard also suggest that Spurs are willing to allow Skipp to depart on a season-long loan in order to develop his ability, just as Troy Parrott is hoping to do in his loan spell with Millwall (Sky Sports).
However, the report suggests that Fulham are the frontrunners to land Skipp, with the Cottagers looking to add the youngster to their squad having already signed former Spurs academy man Joshua Onomah last summer (Transfermarkt).
Despite this, speaking to Football Insider, Bent insisted that Skipp would be best suited to Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side: “I really like what Southampton are doing so I’d probably say Southampton.
“It looks as though Hojbjerg is going to go to Spurs, I think he’s going to go so there’s a spot there. I really like Ralph Hasenhuttl, I think he’s been brilliant and I really like what they’re doing down there.
“They’ve got a nice young mix and blend of players so I’d probably say go down there. It’s a nice place to live, it’s beautiful down there, it’s not too far from London as well so I’m all for the Southampton move.”
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Fulham are still in the hunt to gain promotion having earned their spot in the Championship Play-Off final during the week. I am unsure as to whether Skipp would get regular game time at the Saints. If he was guaranteed a chance to earn his spot in the starting XI then it could prove a great move for the youngster, however, he would have to be given that chance for any deal to work out for him.
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