Midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been signed by Tottenham on a Southampton five year contract.
The 25-year-old joined for an undisclosed fee, thought to be an initial £20million plus add-ons, signalling his ability to work for Jose Mourinho, and being the first summer signing of the team.
A new £12million contract has also been agreed for Spurs right-back Kyle Walker-Peters, who spent the second half of last season on loan at St Mary’s to join the Saints.
Hojbjerg was stripped of the captaincy at the south coast club after he told them that he would not sign a new deal and that he was doing a lot of restarting the 2019-20 campaign from the side.
There was interest from Everton, but the midfielder was keen to work with Mourinho at Spurs, who have got the deal done in an uncharacteristically swift manner.
Hojbjerg told Spurs TV: “What was very important for me was I wanted to play at a club where I could see myself for many years and Tottenham was the one.
“I am very proud, very happy and excited. I think there is a fantastic future ahead for the club and I wanted so much to be a part of that.
“If you want to achieve the big things, you need 11 leaders on the pitch and to do that everyone needs to take responsibility in their position, bringing everything they have into the team. I always like to say whatever you put in, you get out.
“Spurs has fantastic players, a fantastic manager and a fantastic set-up.
“One of the first things I said, especially to my wife, was one day when the fans are allowed back in, I am to be the first one in that stadium because it is unreal. It is really one of the best, maybe the best.”
In 2016, Hojbjerg arrived from Bayern Munich in England, where he had served under Pep Guardiola, flourished at St Mary’s and soon took on the armband.
Yet he told the club with his deal running out next summer that he will not be renewing terms and Southampton has now cashed in.
Hojbjerg was determined to join Spurs, and liked several social media posts that linked him to the club.
The move of Walker-Peters is a different process, as Saints turn its loan into a permanent transfer.
The right-back, who helped England glorify the 2017 Under-20 World Cup, spent the second half of last season loaning with the men of Ralph Hasenhuttl and persuaded Southampton to pay £12million for him.