Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton have agreed deals, in principle, for the transfer of Saints captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg heading to North London and full-back Kyle Walker-Peters heading the other way.
Spurs will pay £15 million for Hojbjerg and will get £12 million in return for Walker-Peters who joined Southampton on loan in January. An agreement on the payment structure and bonuses is still pending, although this is expected to be a formality.
Hojbjerg seemed as if he might join Everton, after they made an offer to buy the 25-year old Dane.
However, Tottenham was always his preferred destination, and the chance to play under Jose Mourinho.
For his part, Walker-Peters was keen to make his move to the South Coast permanent, because he had impressed during his loan spell, especially after lockdown. He had been with Spurs since the age of 13, but despite being highly rated at the club, he found first-team opportunities hard to come by. Now he gets the chance to play Premier League football on a regular basis.
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