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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Kyle Walker-Peters to swop clubs

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal in principle with Southampton to sign Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with fullback Kyle Walker-Peters going the other way, British media reported yesterday.

Hojbjerg is set to move for a fee in the region of £15 million (S$27m) while right-back Walker-Peters, who joined Southampton on loan in January, will make a permanent switch for £12m, according to Sky Sports.

Hojbjerg, who moved to the English Premier League from Bayern Munich in 2016, was stripped of the Saints captaincy in June when the 23-year-old made his intention to leave the south-coast club clear to manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.

Walker-Peters, who is also 23 and moved to Saints for more first-team action, has played 10 times in the EPL under Hasenhuettl since his loan move earlier this year.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho had said last month there was a place at the north London club for Walker-Peters to return to, but would not stand in the defender's way if he wanted to leave in search of more playing time elsewhere.

The new EPL season begins on Sept 12. - REUTERS

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