Noel Whelan has backed Tottenham Hotspur to beat competition from Everton in order to secure Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s services this summer.
Speculation linking the North Londoners with a move for Hojbjerg has increased over the past few days, with reports suggesting that the midfielder has been to the Tottenham training ground and met with Jose Mourinho ahead of a potential summer transfer (Ekstra Bladet).
Southampton are reportedly keen on moving quickly to secure the signing of Kyle Walker-Peters, who is currently on loan at St Mary’s (The Sun).
That may in our opinion potentially prove an advantage in Tottenham’s pursuit of Hojbjerg, with reports previously suggesting that the Lilywhites hope to use Walker-Peters to bring down Southampton’s asking price for the midfielder.
However, Sky Sports claim that Everton have also begun negotiating with the Saints for the 24-year-old and are pushing Spurs for his signature.
Whelan believes that Hojbjerg will find it difficult to turn down a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
When asked who would win in the transfer battle between Spurs and the Toffees, the former Coventry City striker told Football Insider: “I’m not so sure – you’ve got two fantastic managers there, haven’t you, in Mourinho and Ancelotti, two legends of the game.
“Personally I think he’s probably going to be swayed towards London and to Tottenham. I think that’s probably going to be the way he goes.
“I think it would probably suit him more, Tottenham have been in for him and interested for a number of months now, Everton have only really just come in with this little bit of interest.
“With the new stadium, the players they have, I think it would be very hard to turn down Tottenham.”
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I do not doubt that a move to Tottenham would appeal to Hojbjerg. He has given every indication that he would be open to coming to Spurs.
However, I just worry that we would drag our feet as we always do while negotiating for players and someone like Everton might swoop in and agree on a fee with Southampton.
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