Tottenham have until the end of Thursday to make a fresh bid for Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after Everton submitted their second offer, according to a report.
Hojbjerg is likely to leave after admitting he may not be able to achieve his career ambitions with the Saints.
Indeed, he refused a new contract with Southampton and, as such, boss Ralph Hasenuttl stripped him of the captaincy.
Spurs and the Toffees are the frontrunners for his signature. What’s more, recent reports suggested Jose Mourinho’s side are in pole position for the 24-year-old.
According to the Evening Standard, however, Everton have made a statement by submitting a second bid.
That bid, with add-ons, reaches £20million – far above what Spurs have already offered with their first approach.
The newspaper says Southampton were initially holding out for £35million for Hojbjerg at the start of negotiations.
However, with wanting to avoid losing him for free in a coronavirus-impacted market, the Saints now believe the £20million mark is a suitable price.
As such, they are willing to press ahead with Everton‘s interest and have given Tottenham 48 hours to change their mind.
It remains unclear whether Spurs will make a fresh approach for Hojbjerg, who earlier reports claimed is Tottenham’s top target. In any case, Hojberg’s overriding ambition is reportedly to join Spurs, the Evening Standard adds.
Spurs’ advantage could come with Kyle Walker-Peters on loan at Southampton from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The right-back joined in January and has impressed Southampton’s coaching staff since his arrival. The Saints could look to include him in any deal with Spurs.
Indeed, Mourinho recently admitted that the club would not oppose him seeking a permanent move away.
LE TISSIER WARNS TOTTENHAM ABOUT HOJBJERG
Elsewhere, Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has admitted Hojbjerg has failed to live up to expectations in recent months.
Sky Sports pundit Le Tissier said the Saints would not miss him if he left the club.
Hojbjerg has played 134 games for Southampton since his move from Bayern Munich in 2016.