Football pundit Noel Whelan has said that Tottenham are likely to beat Everton in the race to sign Southampton ace Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Lilywhites. Spurs are likely to make important changes to their squad this summer.

Tottenham have clearly been a shadow of the team which they were during the past five years this term. The defensive areas of their side in particular, are in need of reinforcement.

Whelan indicated that Hojbjerg may find the prospect of playing for Spurs too difficult to turn down.

“Oh wow, I’m not so sure – you’ve got two fantastic managers there, haven’t you, in Mourinho and Ancelotti, two legends of the game,” Whelan said when asked about who will win the battle to sign Hojbjerg, as per Football Insider.

“Personally I think he’s probably going to be swayed towards London and to Tottenham. I think that’s probably going to be the way he goes.

“I think it would probably suit him more, Tottenham have been in for him and interested for a number of months now, Everton have only really just come in with this little bit of interest.

“With the new stadium, the players they have, I think it would be very hard to turn down Tottenham.”

The Copenhagen born player will now likely be open to leaving the Saints. He has been a first-team regular for the club since his arrival at St Mary’s in 2016 and will now be looking to take his career to the next level and experience Champions League football.

He is arguably one of the best defensive midfielders from outside the so-called top-six clubs of the Premier League.

He also has the potential to get better if he is in an environment which will demand the best possible output from him.

Kyle Walker-Peters could be allowed to remain at St Mary’s if a Hojbjerg joins the Lilywhites, according to Sky Sports.  

After struggling to establish himself at Spurs, the 23-year-old joined Southampton during the January transfer window on loan. It is likely that he is now surplus to requirements at Spurs.

Walker-Peters has received regular game time since he joined the Saints and a permanent transfer will suit all parties best.

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