Everton have reportedly submitted a bid in their attempt to try sign Southampton enforcer Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
According to the Telegraph, the Toffees have made an offer worth £18million for the defensive midfielder, who has made it clear he wants to exit St Mary’s and has been stripped of the captaincy as a result.
It is understood that Tottenham have been regarded as favourites for the 24-year-old’s signature, with a potential offer of Kyle Walker-Peters plus cash for him.
But the report explains that Everton have made an opening straight money bid for Hojbjerg, who was initially valued at £35million.
The Telegraph’s report has further stated that Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti is “desperate” to improve his squad in the transfer market and is especially hopeful that he can sign some more options in the midfield.
Hojbjerg, who earns £50,000-a-week (Spotrac), is proven in the Premier League during his four-year stay with Southampton and was previously at Bayern Munich.
He is a no-nonsense midfielder that helps break up play in front of the defence with his aggressive approach, plus he’s decent on the ball with both feet too.
TBR’s View – Everton won’t improve without midfield signings
It’s painfully obvious at Everton that they need to strengthen in the centre of the park, as it’s the area of the pitch has massively let them down this season and it’s resulted in them falling someway short of European football.
The Merseyside club are crying out for a big personality in the midfield to help knit everything together and fans can be relieved that Ancelotti recognises this.
Hojbjerg is an intriguing target that has shown he’s got leadership qualities and on his day is top quality in the Premier League, which is why the 24-year-old could be a decent investment for anywhere around the £20million mark.