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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Tottenham have signed midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on a five-year deal from Southampton.

The 25-year-old has joined for an undisclosed fee, thought to be an initial £15m, having signalled his desire to work under Jose Mourinho, and becomes the club's first summer signing.

A separate £12m deal for Spurs right-back Kyle Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of last season on loan at St Mary's, to join the Saints has also been concluded.

Hojbjerg was stripped of the captaincy after he informed Saints he would not sign a new contract and spent much of the resumption of the 2019-20 campaign out of the side.

There was interest from Everton, but the midfielder was keen to work with Mourinho at Spurs, who got the deal done in an uncharacteristically swift manner.

Hojbjerg arrived in England in 2016 from Bayern Munich, where he worked under Pep Guardiola, and impressed at St Mary's.

But with his contract running out next summer, he informed the club he would not be renewing terms and Southampton have now cashed in.

Belfast Telegraph