Kevin Phillips has tipped Tanguy Ndombele to leave Tottenham this summer as the club close in on the signing of Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Hojbjerg, 25, will play a “huge part” in Jose Mourinho’s side next season at the expense of one Spurs midfielder.
Sources have told Football Insider the Denmark international is in London today to undergo a Spurs medical.
Football Insider revealed on Friday that Spurs had agreed a £15million fee with the Saints for the centre-midfielder, with a potential of £4million in add-ons.
Hojbjerg will put pen to paper on five-year contract worth around £100,000-a-week as well as multi-million pound signing-on fee.
When asked by Football Insider if the former Bayern Munich player’s arrival would lead to exits at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium, Phillips said:
“I would think that there will be at least one midfielder leaving.
“You need a decent squad in the Premier League but it is difficult to keep everyone on side. If he comes in somebody would leave.
“I have said that Ndombele might come good this year but reading between the lines he could be the one that is sacrificed and moved on, even though he has only been there a short period.
“Mourinho clearly likes Hojbjerg, he has been pursuing him for a while, so once he gets him through the door you would expect him to play a huge part in Tottenham’s season next year and someone will have to drop out.”
Hojbjerg started the season as the Saints captain but was stripped of the armband when the Premier League resumed after the lockdown.
He made 38 appearances in all competitions last term.
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