Alex McLeish has suggested Tottenham could sell Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for a healthy profit this summer.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 25-year-old was not “priceless” in Spurs’ starting XI.
As revealed by Football Insider, newly-appointed Roma boss Jose Mourinho is planning to raid Spurs for Hojbjerg in the upcoming transfer window.
The Denmark international is the only Spurs player the Portuguese boss is targeting from his old club.
Hojbjerg joined Tottenham from Southampton last summer for around £15million last year.
He quickly established himself as a mainstay under Mourinho and has retained his place despite the 58-year-old’s exit.
The former Chelsea boss called Hojbjerg a “phenomenal player” after the 2-0 derby win over Arsenal back in December.
However, McLeish insisted Spurs could replace the midfielder if they chose to cash in this summer.
Asked if he thought Spurs could sell Hojbjerg for a decent profit, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Yes, I think they could do. I don’t think he’s priceless.
“I do think he is a good reader of the game. He has played in that specialist role.
“But I do believe there are other areas of the team that, more importantly, need to be looked at. Hojbjerg is probably a wee bit behind Declan Rices and guys like that.
“Therefore, I don’t think he’s the outstanding player in that particular position.”
Hojbjerg has not missed a single minute for Tottenham in the Premier League this summer.
He has a total of 52 appearances across all competitions for the Lilywhites.
Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso and Moussa Sissoko are Spurs’ other central midfield options.