Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a transfer boost with the news that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been stripped of Southampton's captaincy.
The Saints star is reportedly a top summer target for Jose Mourinho's side as they look to bolster their midfield.
Hojberg is entering the final year of his contract on the South coast, and Southampton CEO Martin Semmens has made it clear that the club won't stand in his way if a suitable offer is made.
The 24-year-old is keen to play at the highest level and would cost in the region of £25million - a fee that Spurs could be willing to part with.
Explaining the decision to strip Hojbjerg of his captaincy, Hasenhuttl told Hampshire Live: "No, he will not be the captain.
"I spoke to him, we have an agreement. He wanted to receive clearly what I think about it, and I said if you do not extend your contract you cannot captain anymore this team.
"It’s a special situation for such a player who is very professional, absolutely a difficult thing to handle and he shows immediately that it’s absolutely okay for him, yeah."
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
The writing looks to be on the wall for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The midfielder is clearly keen to challenge himself at the highest level and it seems that this summer will be his opportunity to move.
Tottenham Hotspur are keen to strengthen their side this summer, and while Hojbjerg might not be their top target, he will certainly provide value for money at £25million.
It'll be a blow to Southampton to lose him, but if they can reinvest those funds in someone who wants to be at the club then they'll be happy.
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