Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted that the Saints wanted to sell Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg during the summer transfer window after the midfielder refused to sign a new contract with the club.

Hojbjerg was the first of seven players to come through the door at Tottenham this summer, although he was far from the most glamorous or talked-about.

The Denmark international has well and truly proved any doubters wrong in the first two months of the season, establishing himself as a mainstay in the Tottenham midfield.

Kyle Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Southampton, completed a permanent move to St Mary’s in the summer for around £12m.

Reports previously indicated that the Saints believe they have secured a massive bargain by signing the right-back for the rumoured fee (Football Insider).

Hasenhuttl has now admitted that the club were delighted to secure the Spurs academy graduate given that Hojbjerg had just a year left on his deal.

The Austrian told Kicker (as relayed by Sport Witness): “We wanted to sell him (Hojbjerg) because he only had one year of contract and didn’t want to renew.

“In return, we got Kyle Walker-Peters, an English youth national player from Tottenham.”

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