Tottenham in the race to sign rival defender

Daniel Levy

One deal down, plenty more to go it would seem for Tottenham.

The transfer may not be officially completed yet but the word on the street is that Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will become a Spurs player.

A fee of £15m has been agreed for the midfielder to move to north London in a switch that will also see Kyle Walker-Peters head in the opposite direction.

With the Saints forking out £12m for him, that means that in essence, Hojbjerg will cost Daniel Levy just £3m.

That is an astonishing piece of business for a proven Premier League player who was previously captain of his club.

On top of that, it equals incredible value for money given the lack of financial firepower Tottenham will have in the market.

Journalist Alasdair Gold has made it known they won't have much to spend and that's rather unsurprising given the loan of £175m they had to take out from the bank.

Daniel Levy

Despite that, reports are still swirling around over possible targets.

The latest, remarkably, is an Arsenal player.

According to The Mirror, Spurs will test their rivals resolve in a bid to bring Ainsley Maitland-Niles to the opposite side of north London. 

The versatile youngster has been made available by the Gunners in the transfer window and it appears that Tottenham are ready to pounce. 

Everton are also interested in acquiring the 22-year-old who has found regular starts hard to come by in 2019/20. 

Maitland-Niles has also caught the eye of Brighton as the Seagulls look to strengthen their squad in preparation for the new season.

It's previously been suggested that Arsenal are looking for £30m in order to move him on.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

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Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to keep Maitland-Niles at the club, but it would appear that the top officials have gone against him and made him surplus to requirements.

It's a strange stance given his recent form, one that could benefit Spurs enormously.

It's difficult to suggest that the Hale End academy graduate is worth such a large sum given his 15 Premier League starts in 2019/20 but there is a real player in there.

He was outstanding against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals and was then equally as good against Chelsea in the final. Across the two matches, he won six ground duels and made the same number of clearances in two bustling high-intense displays.

It's hardly a surprise that Arteta described him as someone that has "incredibly quality."

Maitland-Niles

Blessed with the ability to play in midfield or at right-back and left-back, he'd be the perfect acquisition for any side looking to bolster a number of areas.

A midfielder by trade, it's in defence where Maitland-Niles has found a home for himself.

With Walker-Peters departing and Serge Aurier potentially being sold, Spurs desperately need a new full-back.

It seems unlikely that Arsenal would sell to their rivals but he'd certainly add good depth to Jose Mourinho's squad.

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