Spurs beat writer, Dan Kilpatrick, has confirmed this morning via Twitter that a deal in principle has been reached with all parties for the slightly complicated swap deal of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Kyle Walker-Peters.
#thfc Understand bids accepted by Spurs & Saints for Hojbjerg and Walker-Peters. Some conflicting information on final fees but understand there’s a £3m difference. So Spurs are effectively paying £3m plus KWP for PEH.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) August 6, 2020
Fulham attempted a late charge yesterday to try and gazump Saints, but this seemed like it was always the endgame. Spurs and Saints both had good reason to get a deal done between the clubs as it fills a need for each side.
Prior to today, the fee was reportedly £15m for Hojbjerg and £12m for Walker-Peters so those values may change slightly with add-ons. It’s still a hell of a bit of good business for Daniel Levy. Just a couple of weeks ago, Saints were adamant that PEH’s valuation was £35m. While they may not be wrong on that, with just one year left on his contract and clearly done playing on the south coast, that number falls off a cliff. Saints had to sell or risk losing him for nothing next season.
Spurs will now get a player who slots into the defensive midfield role immediately. Hojbjerg is not going to be the sexy transfer a lot of us want to see, but it’s a necessary one. It gives Jose Mourinho more options and flexibility in the midfield. It’s also been reported that Spurs and PEH already agreed to personal terms, so all that’s left is to have a couple of medicals completely and take some pictures.
We’re officially in “Nobody move!” mode, but we expect this to get done in the next 48 hours.