Exclusive: Ex-Spur claims Mourinho 'Wasn't happy' as Tottenham agree major transfer terms
Alan Hutton claims that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will fill a void in what has been a problem position at Tottenham ahead of his prospective move from Southampton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender believes Jose Mourinho “wasn’t happy” with his options in the centre of the pitch heading into the summer transfer window.
As revealed by Football Insider on Friday, the Lilywhites have agreed a deal totalling £45million in transfer fees and wages to sign the 25-year-old and are expected to complete the deal this week.
Hutton believes that Mourinho was not convinced by the qualities of his current midfield stars and suggests that Moussa Sissoko could be the one to partner Hojbjerg in the centre.
Asked where the Denmark international would fit into the side, Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s more of a defensive midfielder in my opinion. If Mourinho plays a 4-2-3-1, he’ll be one of the two.
“I think that would be where he goes in. If you look over all the games, Mourinho used to change it, whether it be Sissoko and Winks or it could have been Ndombele, Lo Celso, it just seemed he wasn’t happy in that area.
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“I think it will be Sissoko and one other which could be Hojbjerg – he kind of sits in that General role – as in, he is the General of the team – so he fits into that hole that they’re looking for, that solid base.
“It just seemed to be a position that Mourinho was tinkering with a lot, he didn’t seem to be 100 per cent on it. They’ve been chasing him a long time so he’s high up on the target list.”
Of the Tottenham midfielders already at the club, Harry Winks featured the most last season with 41 games under his belt.
Hojbjerg meanwhile played a total of 38 times across all competitions for Southampton.
In other Tottenham news, the club are willing to sell international for £2.5m as price tumbles.