Tottenham Comfirm £15m Hojbjerg Signing From Southampton
Spurs defender Kyle Walker-Peters moved in the opposite direction after playing for Saints on loan last season
Tottenham have confirmed the signing of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.
The 25-year-old Denmark international has signed a five-year contract and becomes Tottenham’s first signing of the off-season.
Reports suggested that Spurs paid a £15 million ($20m) fee for Hojbjerg, plus bonuses.
Spurs also announced that right-back Kyle Walker-Peters had completed a permanent transfer to Southampton after spending the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan at St. Mary’s.
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Hojbjerg moves to north London after spending four seasons with Southampton, where he made a total of 128 appearances and scored five goals.
The former Bayern Munich man will help provide cover in defensive midfield for Spurs and will wear the No. 5, which was vacated when Jan Vertonghen confirmed he would leave the club this summer.
“I wanted to play in a club where I could see myself for many years,” Hojbjerg told Tottenham’s official website. “Tottenham was just the one. I’m very proud, very happy and excited. I think there’s a fantastic future ahead for the club.”
Walker-Peters, meanwhile, moves to Saints after coming up through Tottenham’s academy and making 24 first team appearances. The 23-year-old made another 10 appearances for Southampton after joining on an initial loan deal in January.
“I feel like I’ve already developed in the time I’ve been here, and that’s a big part of wanting to stay too,” Walker-Peters told Southampton’s official website.
“Obviously, it’s a club with a great reputation for improving young players and, personally, I’ve found it really valuable working under the manager, with his ideas on the game and what he expects from you as an individual.”
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