Everton have made a £25million provide for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – however are set to face competitors from Tottenham for the Southampton midfielder.
The Toffees have made the primary transfer within the battle to signal the 24-year-old, who has been changed as Saints captain after telling the membership he wouldn’t prolong his contract past 2021.
Spurs are additionally eager on Hojbjerg and it’s understood his choice is to affix Jose Mourinho’s aspect.
The north London membership have requested Southampton a few potential swap deal involving Kyle Walker-Peters however have but to make a proper bid.
Walker-Peters has spent the whole lot of the season on mortgage with Saints however boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has but to resolve whether or not he desires to signal him completely.
Hojbjerg made his intentions to depart the south coast clear in June and, after informing the membership he wouldn’t be signing an extension to maintain him past the ultimate 12 months of his contract, Hasenhuttl duly stripped him of the captaincy and awarded it to James Ward-Prowse.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti wouldn’t be drawn on the membership’s reported curiosity in Hojbjerg after Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
Ancelotti mentioned: “I don’t need to discuss this as a result of I feel it’s unfair to speak a few participant at a distinct membership on this second.”