Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have received a potential boost in their pursuit of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (via Sky Sports), with The Sun reporting that Southampton may sell the midfielder in the summer as they look to land Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham.
Hojbjerg was surprisingly linked with a move away from St Mary’s on the penultimate day of the window.
Sky Sports reported that Spurs had made the Saints captain a top target for the summer. It was suggested that Arsenal and Everton also wanted the Dane.
And it now appears that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men could decide to cash in.
The Sun has reported that Southampton want Ntcham this summer, and are prepared to sell Hojbjerg to make room for the Frenchman.
According to The Sun, Ntcham would jump at the chance to move to the south coast. Southampton reportedly made initial contact with the Hoops during the latter stages of last month’s window.
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It would arguably be no surprise if plenty of Saints supporters struggled to see the club choosing to let Hojbjerg go to make room for Ntcham.
The 24-year-old is the club captain. Sky Sports did note that his contract runs out in 2021, so perhaps his future may become an issue should he decide that he does not want to extend his deal.
But it appears that Tottenham and Arsenal may be amongst those keeping a very close eye on developments.
Another factor the likes of Spurs and the Gunners may have to consider is that it is not going to be easy for Southampton to land Ntcham.
On his day, the Celtic man is an outstanding player and arguably one of the very best in the Scottish Premiership.
The Hoops are surely not going to welcome bids for their midfielder. However, the report’s suggestion that Ntcham would be keen on a move should certainly help Hasenhuttl.