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Spurs sign Hojbjerg from Southampton; Walker-Peters to Saints

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Spurs sign Hojbjerg: Tottenham Hotspur announced on Tuesday their capture of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, who will reportedly receive a small cash fee plus right back Kyle Walker-Peters in return.

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Hojbjerg, 25, had been heavily linked with a transfer to Tottenham in recent weeks as Jose Mourinho rebuilds after finishing sixth in his first (partial) season at the club. He joins Spurs after four seasons at Southampton, where he proved himself to be a reliable ball-winner — something Spurs have desperately needed for quite some time.

The fit of Hojbjerg sitting deep in midfield should offer the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele — provided the latter remains at the club through the summer transfer window — all the defensive cover required to better affect games in the opposition half of the field. Too many times in 2019-20, Spurs lacked a player like Hojbjerg to break up play and make the simple pass to a pair of star midfielders and let them be on their merry way.

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Walker-Peters spent the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan to Saints from Spurs, and clearly he impressed Ralph Hasenhuttl and convinced everyone at St. Mary’s Stadium he is a Premier League-caliber starting right back. He made a dozen PL appearances for Spurs over the last three years, but never managed to break all the way into the first team as Mauricio Pochettino’s side rose higher and higher into PL and European ranks.

Transfer news: Updates on Silva, Hojbjerg; Leeds chase defenders

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There are updates on David Silva to Lazio, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Tottenham, and more in Thursday’s Premier League transfer rumors.

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Silva to Lazio latest

Last week’s report keeping David Silva in sky blue, albeit in another country, has been buttressed by Thursday news out of Italy.

Sky Sports says Lazio is increasingly confident of bringing the living Man City legend to Rome.

Silva is set to star in Friday’s UEFA Champions League second leg against Real Madrid, a result and three more wins from a European Cup to add to his World Cup, two EUROs, Copa del Rey, and 15 trophies with City.

Lazio faded down the stretch after challenging Juventus for the scudetto for much of the 2019-20 season. The club has rumor mill mainstays Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic under contract as well as Luis Alberto and Joaquin Correa, the quartet combining for 58 goals and 30 assists.

Silva’s not going to hurt that production, given six goals and 11 assists for Pep Guardiola this season.

Leeds linked with defenders

Marcelo Bielsa is readying his back line for the test of 19 other Premier League attacks, one with an eye for the future.

Fulham teenager Cody Drameh and Rangers veteran left back Borna Barisic are being linked with a move to the Peacocks.

Barisic, 27, has surged back into the Croatia set-up since arriving Glasgow from NK Osijek in 2018. He had two goals and 14 assists for Steven Gerrard last season.

Drameh is just 19 and yet to make his first team debut for Scott Parker’s also-promoted Cottagers. An England U-18 right back, he registered seven assists in 17 PL2 appearances for Fulham last season.

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Hojbjerg to Tottenham, Walker-Peters to Southampton update

There are 18 million reasons for Southampton to be okay with wantaway former captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg taking the next step in his career.

That’s the transfer fee reportedly set for St. Mary’s as Spurs purchase the Danish midfielder.

The Express says that Everton had a $33 million bid accepted for Hojbjerg but that Tottenham interest swayed the player.

Spurs have also agreed a fee with Saints over Kyle Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan to Southampton.

For some reason, the clubs wanted the deals kept apart, though it’s difficult not to read them as basically a swap given Walker-Peters’ reported $15 million deal.

Transfer news: Schmeichel to Man United; Deeney to Tottenham

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In the latest round of transfer news Kasper Schmeichel has been linked with a shock move to Manchester United, while Troy Deeney to Tottenham is another surprise report.

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Starting in Manchester, it has been reported that Manchester United want to bring Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel to Old Trafford.

A report from The Sun stats that Schmeichel, 33, is lined up to replace David de Gea after his poor recent form. Given Dean Henderson’s impressive form on loan at Sheffield United over the past two seasons, this report comes as even more of a surprise.

De Gea has made a steady number of errors over the past two years and although Solskjaer has backed him publicly, the report states that the Man United coaching staff have been looking into De Gea’s stats privately and want to replace him.

If they did sign Schmeichel the Danish goalkeeper would be following in the footsteps of his father, Peter, in playing for the Red Devils. Schmeichel has three years left on his current deal at Leicester but it is believed he’s the cheapest new goalkeeper option they are looking at. Henderson, 23, is deemed to be a few years away from being considered a number one goalkeeper at Man United.

This potential transfer is way out there at about 10-15 percent in terms of the probably factor but it could happen if Solskjaer really wants to move De Gea on this summer.

Speaking of ‘out there’ transfer reports…

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Moving down to north London, a report claims that Troy Deeney has been offered to Tottenham on loan.

The captain of relegated Watford is available for a transfer this summer, say the Daily Mail, as Deeney has one year left on his contract at Watford.

Deeney, 32, is one of Watford’s highest earners and the Hornets want to offload as many of their top earners as possible as they prepare for life in the Championship.

Per the report, Mourinho is keen to have Deeney as a back-up option for Kane and young striker Troy Parrott was sent out on loan to Millwall this weekend for the 2020-21 campaign.

This actually wouldn’t be a bad move for Spurs, if Deeney can stay fit. Look, which strikers are going to want to move to Tottenham to play second fiddle to Kane? Fernando Llorente did an okay job at it but there’s no real option there now, especially for the Europa League, especially with teenager Parrott going out on loan.

Kane is often overplayed and his injury record suggests he should be rested more during a season. Adding Deeney, or another experienced striker, would be a nice luxury to have as Son, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn couldn’t replicate Kane’s hold-up play when he was out injured.

Plus, Deeney seems like a Mourinho-type player, am I right?

What does Arsenal’s FA Cup victory mean for European qualification?

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Arsenal qualified for Europe courtesy of their FA Cup win against Chelsea on Saturday, but what does it mean for other Premier League teams such as Tottenham and Wolves as they hope to play in Europe during the 2020-21 season?

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The Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League table this season, so they knew their only chance of sealing European qualification for the 25th season on the trot was to win the FA Cup.

With victory over Chelsea secured, Mikel Arteta’s side now know they are guaranteed Europa League group stage action but here’s what else it has confirmed in terms of other Tottenham and Wolves playing in Europe over the coming months.


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Group stage spot for 2020-21 Europa League confirmed due to FA Cup victory. Simple as that.

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Finished in sixth place in the Premier League. Enter the 2020-21 Europa League competition at the second qualifying round stage. Had Arsenal lost in the FA Cup final to Chelsea, Tottenham would have qualified for the 2020-21 Europa League group stage. Now they must start qualifying in mid-September with the second round on Sept. 17 and the third on Sept. 24 and a playoff on Oct. 1. Only after the playoff will they know whether or not they will be in the Europa League group stage.

Tottenham could play any of the following teams in qualifying:

  • Kesla FK (Azerbaijan)
  • Torshavn (Faroe Islands)
  • Neftchi Baku (Azerbaijan)
  • Kaysar Kyzylorda (Kazakhstan)
  • Ordabasy Shymkent (Kazakhstan)
  • Sutjeska Niksic (Montenegro)
  • OFI Heraklion (Crete, Greece)
  • FK Riteriai (Lithuania)
  • FH Hafnarfjardar (Iceland)
  • Santa Coloma (Andorra)
  • Shakhtyor Soligorsk (Belarus)
  • Kalju Nomme (Estonia)
  • Backa Topola (Serbia)
  • Vojvodina Novi Sad (Serbia)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Finished in seventh place in the Premier League. No qualification to 2020-21 Europa League guaranteed via their league position due to Arsenal’s FA Cup. The only way Wolves can secure European action next season is by winning the 2019-20 Europa League. They are currently in the Round of 16 stage (drawing 1-1 with Olympiakos after the first leg in Greece) as the Europa League action resumes next week.

If Wolves win the 2019-20 Europa League they will automatically qualify for the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage. If that happens, the Premier League will have five Champions League teams in the Champions League group stage next season (Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Wolves) and three in the Europa League with Leicester City and Arsenal confirmed for the group stage, plus Tottenham in the qualifying rounds.

PHOTOS: Tottenham release new kits for 2020-21

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Tottenham Hotspur have released their new kits for 2020-21 and Jose Mourinho’s boys will be looking pretty snazzy in the Premier League and Europa League.

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Spurs have kept the classic blue and white look for their new home kit, while the away kit is a new look with a green number.

The north London club say all kits are made from 100 percent recycled polyester fabric, and here are some more details on the inspiration for the home and away jerseys for the 2020-21 season.

“Our traditional white home shirt is enhanced by a knit pattern woven into the fabric, created by reimagined graphics from old jerseys. Blocks of blue cover the shoulders and frame the pattern, while a yellow pinstripe lights up a dark V-neck collar.

“The same blue and yellow can be found on tape running down the sides of the torso. A yellow loop label, inspired by streetwear apparel and featuring the Club crest, can be found at the left hip in a Spurs exclusive. Blue shorts and white socks complete the look.

“The dark green away kit, meanwhile, is enlivened by flashes of neon pink and yellow. Lava glow pinstripes outline a black collar and side stripes, while a Barely Volt Nike swoosh, Club crest and sponsor logo shine against the green background of the jersey.”

Check out photos of the new Tottenham kits below, as Harry Kane and Co. will have a fresh look for the Mourinho’s first full season in charge.