Southampton have agreed a deal to sell former captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Everton, according to reports.
Hojbjerg told the club during the lockdown period that he wanted to leave during the summer transfer window, with Tottenham Hotspur heavily linked. But according to reports by Alex Crook, it’s Everton who have got ahead in the race for the Dane and a deal has been agreed worth £25million.
According to Crook, the two clubs have agreed a fee and an official offer has been accepted with the player also agreeing personal terms for a move. Tottenham have also tabled a bid for the former Bayern Munich man, but it doesn’t match the offer from the Toffees and has therefore not been accepted. Despite agreeing personal terms with Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Hojbjerg prefers a move to North London and is waiting to see if they come back with another offer.
Hojbjerg joined Southampton in 2016 after failing to break into the Bayern first-team following the departure of Pep Guardiola as manager. He quickly asserted himself as a lead figure at the club and has been a regular in the side ever since, becoming captain in December 2018 as Ralph Hassenhuttl took over the reigns as manager.
His style of combative, ball-playing midfielder would fit in well with what Jose Mourinho wants in central midfield. A blend of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko, the Denmark international has all the capabilities to play at a higher level than Southampton and it’s no surprise that bigger clubs are circling for his signature.
With Everton in the picture, Hojbjerg walks into that midfield ahead of the likes of Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Ancelotti has adopted a 4-4-2 formation during his time at Goodison Park and Andre Gomes has often been the key man in the centre of the park. Sigurdsson has been used for his creativity, but it’s clear that isn’t his natural position and he has struggled to live up to his £45million price tag since the move from Swansea.
Both sides are looking to get back into European contention next season, with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho already telling fans he wants to win next seasons Europa League competition. Hojbjerg would go a long way to boosting their issues in central midfield, but the Lilywhites will need to act quickly if they’re to get their man ahead of Everton.