Manager clams Spurs-linked midfielder may not move this summer

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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned clubs interested in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s signature that he will be happy for the midfielder to stay if the club fails to agree his departure this summer.

If recent reports are to be believed, Tottenham could be edging closer to agreeing a deal to sign the Dane (Sky Sports).

Hojbjerg lost his place in the Hasenhuttl’s side towards the end of the season, with the former Bayern Munich player not even being picked to be part of the match day squad for their 3-1 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.

Southampton CEO Martin Semmens has since confirmed that the 24-year-old was left out as he was not ‘100 per cent focused’ (BBC Radio Solent via Hampshire Live).

Semmens also admitted that the club will let the former Bayern man leave if the right offer comes along this summer.

However, Hasenhuttl has now warned interested clubs that the Saints will be happy to hang on to the midfielder, who has a year left to run on his contract at the St Mary’s, if a deal is not agreed.

The Austrian coach told Sky Sports: “He has one more year on his contract, for me one more year means a lot in football.

“If there is no club that pays us what we want for him, then he will stay with us for another year, no problem.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Southampton do not really have much leverage in this scenario given that Hojbjerg only has a year left to run on his deal and that he seems to want to come to Tottenham. Levy will likely milk the best deal he possibly can and we will probably see Walker-Peters being included as a part of the deal.

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