Everton tipped to sign Southampton captain Hojbjerg in summer to replace Idrissa Gueye
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After the departure of Idrissa Gueye last summer, Everton could be set to replace the midfielder this summer as they are tipped to sign Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Gueye signed for French side Paris Saint-Germain last summer for £30m and the Toffees have been linked to finally replace the Senegalese international with a highly-rated Premier League star. 

Hojbjerg signed for the south coast side from Bayern Munich, but with just one year left on his current contract, the Saints may look to move on their captain this summer rather than risk letting him go for free next summer.

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Saints captain Hojbjerg linked with Everton move

Since Gueye departed for Ligue 1 last summer, Everton are “yet to replace” the defensive midfielder, according to former Premier League defender Danny Mills, who backs the Toffees to bring in Hojbjerg in the summer transfer window. 

“He has been doing well for some time,” Mills told Football Insider.

“Southampton have often been a feeder club and it will all be about finances this summer. Everton will be asking – who can improve us? Who can we make money on? And who is not going to cost the earth? I think he ticks all of those boxes. 

“They are yet to replace Idrissa Gueye but they do have (Andre) Gomes coming back to full fitness from injury as well. 

“But there will not be a massive influx of new players coming into football clubs whenever this transfer window happens.” 

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl also admitted in a recent interview that the club should “avoid letting players go without a transfer fee”. 

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