Ralph Hasenhuttl has told the Daily Echo that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is happy at Southampton despite stalling over signing a tabled contract offer at the club – amid reported interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton.
Sky Sports claimed towards the end of the January window that both north London clubs and Everton were interested in the 24-year-old midfielder, who has starred for Southampton in their dramatic turnaround. He is rated at £35million.
The former Bayern Munich and Schalke midfielder has a contract at Southampton until the summer of 2021, meaning he will enter the final 12 months of his current deal. The Echo report that an offer has been tabled for Hojbjerg.
But the Denmark international is yet to sign on the dotted line. It is believed that talks will intensify when Southampton are safe from relegation, and Hasenhuttl gave an update on the holding midfielder’s future in his latest press conference.
“He enjoys playing in the team at the moment, he sees we’re in a good way and as a captain, he’s responsible also,” Hasenhuttl said. “An important message for him also is that he sees we’re going in a clear direction as a club which is important for him.”
TBR’s view – Saints need to get a deal done, before Hojbjerg’s head turns
Right now, Hojbjerg is operating at a level which would make him first choice in Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton’s midfield. Granit Xhaka always has his critics while Matteo Guendouzi has been poor this season.
At Everton, Fabian Delph has turned out to be a disappointing signing while Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain on the sidelines through injury. Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele and more Spurs midfielders are struggling to perform.
So, Hojbjerg would get into those sides, and if Saints do not offer him a contract soon – interest will intensify and his head could turn.