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Hojbjerg Transfer Rumours Will Fuel New Contract Talks
Monday, 2nd Mar 2020 15:10

The latest media rumour is that Pierre Emile Hojbjerg is the number one transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, but who makes up these rumours and do they have any foundation.

A few months ago Pierre Emile Hojbjerg along with James Ward Prowse and Nathan Redmond were all subject to criticism from a section of the Saints support with the "These Saints supporters" type headlines highlighting social media comments suggesting that they were not of the standard required.

A few months later and all three have disproved some of their doubters, but this in turn leads to more rumour mongering about where they will be next season.

Latest rumour is that Spurs have made Pierre Emile Hojbjerg their number one target with media outlets suggesting the Danish International has turned down a new contract at the club.

This has been fuelled by the fact that yes he hasn't signed a new contract, but that he had reportably told the club that he wanted to wait till the club were safe before he put pen to paper.

That was a fair enough method of thinking and recently when the club congratulated the player on twitter for reaching a milestone number of games for the club, Hojbjerg himself replied with a message saying "here's to the next 125" or words to that effect.

That was not the words of someone who had turned down contract offers.

The truth is in all contract negotiations there is an element of give and take and the first deal on the table is rarely the one signed.

It is about getting the best deal for both parties and Hojbjerg preferring to wait till we are safe before committing is all part of that process, now that Saints have the safety line in sight it is probably natural that talks are going to start up again, so the fact that these rumours are appearing suggest an agent at work somewhere.

Spurs are hardly likely to leak their own transfer targets to the media, so it is likely to be emitting from Hojbjerg's agent and a good rumour linking his client with a move to a so called big club and the North London Soccer Chickens certainly like to think they are that, will do his client's chances of getting more money in a new deal a power of good.

In any negotiation you have to have leverage and Spurs rumoured interest will disturb Saints supporters and in doing that it will perhaps force the club to act swiftly to placate the fanbase.

So I would take these rumours with a pinch of salt, I think they are more than likely to be about contract haggling than Spurs actually wanting Hojbjerg, After all the Special One is surely likely to want to sign some bigger names than our man and preferably clients of his great friend super agent Jorge Mendes.

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codge added 15:44 - Mar 2
Personally it would not bother me a bit if he left as l see to many passes going astray when he is on the ball.He has not performed as well as last two seasons,never really rated him as a club captain would much rather have Ings.
Our problems are still the same as for three seasons and until we sought those out getting 35 million for him would be great,can’t believe anyone would pay that for him but if it is true take it in a heartbeat.

SanMarco added 15:50 - Mar 2
I'm with codge on this. PEH is a likeable enough bloke but if the Spuds really did want to pay big money for him then yes please. He would be following Wanyama to oblivion but that would be his problem. As for who makes these rumours up - absolutely anyone can nowadays, and absolutely anyone does...

I_would added 16:15 - Mar 2
Is tuppence a lot of money then as that's all Spurs would offer, if that, for Clodbjerg?

Saint4Life247 added 16:22 - Mar 2
I am not a fan of PEH and never have been. He was an injured Bayern reject that was bought to make up the numbers a few years back (Someone must have thought it was a good purchase).
As we have steadily sold off our quality players he has been brought forward to the first team. He seems like a nice enough guy i suppose but his passing is awful, doesn't score or assist anywhere near enough and more often than not the team carry him through and paper over his bang average performances.
The sad thing is that West Ham bought Bowen for around £20million and we were apparently also interested in him... He was brilliant for them on Saturday and will continue to improve. That is the type of player we need - but once again we missed out.
I'm not comparing the two as they play slightly different roles but I heard that Spurs might offer big money for PEH and I just hope we agree to it, bank the money and drop him off at their place before they realise what they've done. Then go about investing that money in players like Bowen who can score, assist, create and defend. Its not too much to ask... is it?

underweststand added 16:41 - Mar 2
I'm in agreement with codge AND San Marco on this one.
PEH makes "all the right noises as captain" but his on-field performances are very uneven. His contribution on Saturday was worse than many others - and that's saying something. He's not the best midfielder we've had in the last 7 years -so it's no loss.

Ralph supports his captain, but IF Spurs came with a bid - I'd let him go - for a really decent fee, especially as Spurs have scr*w*d us with every deal in the last 40 years.

When Koeman arrived he signed 8 players in his first season, and although Ralph may be hampered by the salary overload going to the " loanees " we have out all over Europe , we ought to give him a reasonable budget and a chance to form a decent squad that he'll be happy with. Most of the "dead wood " will likely go out of the club at a loss this summer, so we must demand a good re£urn - if PEH eventually goes to North London.


Saintaxidriver added 17:24 - Mar 2
I like PEH, he always puts his heart on the line and has been reasonably consistent in what has overall been a good period in the last couple of months. He is not the most gifted but I feel he makes up for that with effort. Suprised by so many negative comments about our team captain. All this transfer talk is as Nick says just media bollocks and his agent stirring things up. Can;t really see Spurs wanting him!

A1079 added 17:35 - Mar 2
I have always had some time for PEH, which seems to be different to most posters on here, who I respect. I don't think he is brilliant by any means, but he has been here during a period in which we have largely been a struggling team, though some may say or ask, is he one of the contributors to a struggling team? I always felt he was genuine, put effort in and was honest. I gained the impression he would put his heart on the line. Always seemed genuinely annoyed when he or the team under-performed.

I am now going to contradict myself a little, because having said the above, this season I don't think he has offered that much and he has been quite anonymous in most matches.

In itself, I am now probably indifferent as to whether he stays or goes. I won't be upset too much if he leaves but equally quite content if he does another season or so, though I think he needs to up his game and I would think twice about offering any improved financial benefit to retain him. I do wonder if he is one of those players that you only realise what they do for the team when they are suddenly not in it!

I am more concerned though, not whether he stays but if he goes can we trust the club to replace him with the sort of quality that we need and in that, I have far less confidence as I do with this board on a number of positions involving the playing side - the number of windows of failing to resolve the defence is a testimony to my lack of faith and trust in the top echelons of SFC.

schatfield added 19:30 - Mar 2
I wonder if Villa would swap him for Jack Grealish!?

SaintPaulVW added 19:47 - Mar 2
It's clear that players have to move before we can get new signings. If PEH is one of them fair enough. Always comes across as a 'jack of all trades' midfielder, without being particularly strong at either attack or defence.

saintmark1976 added 21:11 - Mar 2
He may or may not leave, frankly at this point in time nobody knows.However, that's not the problem in my opinion. What concerns me is how much (if any) of a transfer fee would be spent on strengthening the team or would it simply be that the club tells us we have a ready made replacement in Smallbone?

underweststand added 09:14 - Mar 3
Everyone (above) here has named a few points that we all seem to agree on.
YES ...PEH is committed, but he lacks that dominance in the team that you need from
(1) a good midfielder...and more importantly (2) your captain. (One Liverpool player I dislike is Jordan Henderson ...BUT it seems he DAJF Liverpool and thats what counts).

The summer is crucial in this instance..if PEH is still here in August and hasn't signed a new contract, he' ll be a cut-price buy in Jan 2021...or will walk ...for no£hing next June.

The fact that he has recently taken the opportunity to get a new (and high-profile) agent
doesn't auger well for the future prospects of him staying longer term. He is an ambitious international, he will undoubtedly show up well in a " big team " set-up.

IF - Spurs want him they will try to beat our fee down, and then demand a higher sum in a deal for Kyle Walker-Peters ...either way we'll end up getting get sc*ew*d ...yet again.

davidargyll added 09:20 - Mar 3
Ok everyone, So we let PEH go.
Who on earth do we replace him with?
I agree he has bad days but also good ones but can we seriously do without him with no one to replace him, someone who is tried and tested and will fit in from day one AND be good value?
I have my doubts as the days of finding an unspotted talent such as VVD are well behind us.
Be careful what you wish for...

halftimeorange added 17:10 - Mar 3
PEH showed lots of promise, some ability and plenty of enthusiasm up to the end of last season. In my opinion he deserved to be captain. Steven Davis had gone and Ryan Bertrand seemed disinterested whereas Hojbjerg was talking to other players and encouraging them. This season he has not developed or, more precisely, he has under-performed, perhaps due to the weight of being captain. Having said that, I can recall him saying last season "I will not let Saints be relegated" and we weren't, largely due to his driving the team on the pitch. I believe he is worth another contract, but he does need to show he's worth it over our remaining games.

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