Jenas backs £35m Spurs move for Premier League captain

Will Ford

Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has backed his former club’s reported interest in  Southampton captain Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.

Hojbjerg has established himself as a key part of the Saints midfield since joining from Bayern Munich in 2016 for a reported transfer fee of £12.8million.

He has been one of the most important players for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side in the past couple of seasons and has shown with his performances why he was held in such high regard as a youngster at the German giants.

Hojbjerg was linked with a £35million move in the January transfer window, and despite that deal not materialising, the Saints skipper put in another impressive display Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth-round defeat.

Jenas told BT Sport: “I think what’s been really impressive is the way that he’s (Hojbjerg) stepped up to the plate.

“Don’t get me wrong I think all these Southampton players were asked the question after that 9-0 defeat to Leicester at home and they’ve all stepped up.

“He seems to be a big leader within the ranks. In the Premier League game at St Mary’s [against Tottenham] he absolutely bossed that midfield.

“He has that authority, he’s got that real kind of combative nature to his game and I think that’s why Spurs were looking at him to see if they can prise him away in the January window.”