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‘We wanted to sell’ – Manager makes admission about Tottenham summer signing

Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted that the Saints wanted to sell Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg during the summer transfer window after the midfielder refused to sign a new contract with the club.

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Hojbjerg was the first of seven players to come through the door at Tottenham this summer, although he was far from the most glamorous or talked-about.

The Denmark international has well and truly proved any doubters wrong in the first two months of the season, establishing himself as a mainstay in the Tottenham midfield.

Kyle Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Southampton, completed a permanent move to St Mary’s in the summer for around £12m.

Reports previously indicated that the Saints believe they have secured a massive bargain by signing the right-back for the rumoured fee (Football Insider).

Hasenhuttl has now admitted that the club were delighted to secure the Spurs academy graduate given that Hojbjerg had just a year left on his deal.

The Austrian told Kicker (as relayed by Sport Witness): “We wanted to sell him (Hojbjerg) because he only had one year of contract and didn’t want to renew.

“In return, we got Kyle Walker-Peters, an English youth national player from Tottenham.”

Source: SpursWeb