The Times have now revealed how Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, reacted when informed that Everton were attempting to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton last summer.
Despite interest from the Toffees, the midfielder did not join Everton, instead signing for Spurs and has subsequently become a key member of the first-team squad.
The Denmark international was Jose Mourinho’s first signing last summer, agreeing on a five-year contract for a fee of £15m, which now looks like a fantastic price given his current importance to the club.
It turned out to be money well spent as Hojbjerg didn’t miss a minute of Premier League football for Spurs last season.
The 26-year-old earned the move by establishing himself at fellow Premier League side Southampton, making 134 appearances in all competitions.
The Times have now revealed that Levy valued Hojbjerg at £15m last summer and, even when he was informed that Everton were willing to pay £18m, he simply dug in and pointed out that the player preferred a North London transfer.
Hojbjerg was one of the best signings Spurs have made in their recent modern history. He has added steel to the midfield that money can’t buy. It is fantastic that we beat Everton to his capture as I can’t now imagine Spurs moving forward without him.
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