£35m Tottenham, Everton target outlines Prem title desire

Matt Stead
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg Southampton

Southampton captain and apparent Everton and Spurs transfer target Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has outlined his desire to win the Premier and Champions Leagues.

Hojbjerg has spent almost four years at Southampton after joining from Bayern Munich in summer 2016.

The midfielder emerged as a potential £35m signing for Spurs in January, even receiving the seal of approval from Jermaine Jenas.

Everton have also been linked with Hojbjerg in recent months but the Dane has expressed his happiness at St Mary’s.

“I know what I want, the club knows it too,” Hojbjerg told SPORT1.

“I want to play at an even higher level than I am currently. The relationship between me and Southampton is fantastic.

“The club gave me the platform to grow. I’m not saying ‘goodbye’ and I’m focused on my club, but my goal is very clear: I want to win the Premier League and the Champions League.

“I gained a lot of experience [at Bayern Munich] so that I could move on to develop elsewhere. When I was 23 I became a captain in a Premier League club. Now I’m hungry to get to the next level.”

Hojbjerg’s contract at Southampton expires in summer 2021 and his decision to partner with agent Pini Zahavi earlier this year fuelled speculation he would be looking to move elsewhere.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl loosely discussed both his and Hojbjerg’s futures beyond the end of this season in February, stating that expiring contracts can help managers and players stay “focused and concentrated”.

Spurs and Everton will hope to exploit the situation if possible this summer.

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