Southampton manager responds to rumoured Walker-Peters and Hojbjerg swap deal

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Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl chose to remain coy when asked about the possibility of his club completing a swap deal with Tottenham Hotspur involving Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Kyle Walker-Peters.

Walker-Peters has come into his own during a loan spell at St Mary’s and has now seemingly established himself as the first-choice right-back on the South Coast.

It has been claimed that Hasenhuttl is keen to complete a permanent deal for the Tottenham academy graduate and the Saints want to move quickly to snap him up, with other top-flight clubs said to be interested (The Sun).

It has been reported over the last two months that Spurs hope to use Walker-Peters to bring down the price of Hojbjerg, who is said to be their top midfield target this summer (Football Insider).

However, Sky Sports claim that Southampton are to make a final decision on whether or not to sign Walker-Peters this summer.

Hasenhuttl chose to keep his cards close to his chest when asked about the possibility of the deal.

The Austrian coach told PA’s Sports Jonathan Veal: “I don’t concentrate so much on the transfer market at the moment.”

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It is understandable that Hasenhuttl would not want to admit Southampton’s keenness in landing Walker-Peters as that would compromise the club’s negotiating position. Looking at how well the right-back has played since the restart, I would be extremely surprised if the Saints did not want to complete a permanent deal for him this summer. Their interest in the full-back puts us in the driving seat to complete the Hojbjerg deal.

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