Southampton set £35m asking price for Spurs target

Will Ford

Southampton have placed a £35million price tag on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

The club captain has just over a year left on his contract at St Mary’s, but the Saints claim their £35million asking price is fair given he’s just 24 years old.

Southampton are hopeful Hojbjerg will will commit his long-term future at the club, but chief executive Martin Semmens insists they will sell the midfielder if he doesn’t sign a new contract and a buyer stumps up the cash.

Hojbjerg’s desire to play at the highest level suggests a move away from St Mary’s is likely, with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho thought to be an admirer.

In a recent interview with SPORT1, Hojbjerg said: “I know what I want, the club knows it too.

“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 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.”