Southampton man opens up on chances of following Hojbjerg to Tottenham

Jannik Vestergaard., James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong, Southampton

Jannik Vestergaard has conceded it’s nice to see his name linked with big clubs after opening up on speculation suggesting he is a summer target for Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.

Mourinho’s side have endured a rollercoaster season. A big win at Villa on Sunday rekindled hopes of the top four. It was a timely win after their season hit a new nadir following Europa League elimination at Dinamo Zagreb. That heaped pressure on Mourinho, but a report has stated it would take an epic fail for the Portuguese firebrand to be sacked.

As such, the Tottenham boss is ploughing ahead with his summer transfer plans. One of his best bits of business last summer was the capture of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.

Spurs are being tipped to launch another raid on St Mary’s – this time for giant Danish defender Vestergaard.

Now the 6ft 6ins defender has discussed the possibility of following his close pal to north London.

“I can only say that of course it’s always a pat on the back with stories of interest from other big clubs,” Vestergaard told Tipsbladet.

“But right now I have a contract with Southampton so, it’s not something I can talk about.

“I focus on the matches in the Premier League, on the FA Cup cup semi-final at Wembley, and now the important matches with the national team.”

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Strengthening at centre-half appears to be a top focus for Mourinho this summer.

Eric Dier has been replaced as Toby Alderweireld’s main partner by Davinson Sanchez, but doubts remain about his future too. Indeed, a report earlier this week claimed he was still likely to be sold by Spurs this summer.

Vestergaard is out of contract in 2022, so unless Saints can agree an extension, they may be vulnerable to cut-price bids.

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One pundit recently commented on Spurs’ defensive situation, with Gabriel Agbonlahor insisting that Eric Dier should be dropped.

He told Football Insider: “I’ve never really rated Eric Dier as a centre-half.

“I look at him and he’s the perfect centre-half I would have loved to have played against. You can get in the channels, get in behind him – he hasn’t got the pace.

“He’s decent on the ball but he hasn’t got the pace.”

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