Exclusive: Bruce backs part-exchange deal that includes Spurs 23-yr-old

Alex Bruce has thrown his backing behind a part-exchange deal involving Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters and Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

The former Premier League centre-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes a swap would benefit both players as well as their clubs.

As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs are considering offering up the 23-year-old full-back as a makeweight in a bid to sign the Saints’ 24-year-old defensive midfielder.

The Lilywhites have identified Hojbjerg as one of their top targets this summer but may struggle to buy him outright due to limited finances in north London.

With a potential swap deal on the cards, Bruce believes that Walker-Peters would benefit leaving Spurs for Southampton permanently after his loan spell on the south coast.

Bruce told Football Insider: “I like Hojbjerg, he’s competitive, he’s a combative midfielder and that would obviously help Tottenham so he’d be a good one for them.

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“The coaches at Spurs and that will know what they’ve got and sometimes they can be a little bit of traffic on the old motorway and you can’t find your way into the team because it clogged up.

“If he (Walker-Peters) can go to another Premier League team, get his game time, that will be beneficial to him as well because he’s definitely a prospect.” 

Walker-Peters has played just once for Southampton since joining on loan in January, having turned out five times for Spurs in the first half of the season.

Meanwhile Hojbjerg, a 33-cap Denmark international, has missed just one Premier League game for the Saints.

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