Tottenham Hotspur are growing confident that they will be able to drive down Southampton’s £35 million asking price for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg by offering Kyle Walker-Peters in exchange, according to a report from the London Evening Standard.
Walker-Peters’s future looks to be up in the air heading into the final days of the season. He has impressed during his time on loan at St Mary’s.
However, from the outside, it always appeared that he was going to need something special to really prove a point to Jose Mourinho, who rarely used him during the early stages of his tenure.
Indeed, it appears that Spurs are ready to let him leave permanently this summer.
The London Evening Standard reports that Tottenham are looking to win the race for Hojbjerg and he is keen to join Mourinho’s men.
And despite Spurs facing competition for his signature, Mourinho is optimistic that offering Southampton the chance to keep Walker-Peters will see their £35 million asking price drop.
It is suggested that Mourinho wants to sign a more physical player at right-back, so he is seemingly happy to let Walker-Peters move on.
Interestingly, the London Evening Standard adds that the 23-year-old is actually yet to make a decision on his future.
TBR View: Swap looking to be best option for all parties
Walker-Peters may still have to make a decision on his future, but it is arguably looking increasingly like a swap deal may be best for both clubs and players.
Of course, the two clubs will still need to reach an agreement on a fee. Their respective valuations of Walker-Peters may well be far apart.
But it will be beneficial for all if they can strike a deal.