Soccer-Spurs sign Southampton’s Hojbjerg, Walker-Peters joins Saints

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LONDON — Tottenham Hotspur have signed Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton on a five-year deal with full back Kyle Walker-Peters moving in the opposite direction on a similar contract, the Premier League clubs announced on Tuesday.

Financial details of the transfer were not disclosed but British media reported that Spurs have paid Southampton around 15 million pounds ($19.64 million) to sign the 25-year-old Hojbjerg who had a year left on his contract.

Hojbjerg made 134 appearances for Southampton in all competitions after joining the south-coast club from Bundesliga side Bayern Munich in 2016.

“What was very important for me is that I wanted to play in a club where I could see myself for many years,” Hojbjerg said in a video posted on the Spurs Twitter account.

“Tottenham was just the one. I’m very proud… I think there’s a fantastic future ahead for the club. And I wanted so much to be a part of that.”

The Denmark international had been stripped of the Saints captaincy in June when he made his intention to leave the club clear to manager Ralph Hasenhuettl by refusing a contract extension.

Southampton confirmed that they had signed 23-year-old Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the club.