ALAN Hutton has warned his former employers that they could miss out on signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Tottenham are keen to land Hojbjerg this summer and it’s the midfielder’s desire to join the north London side.

But Daniel Levy, Spurs’ chairman, is renowned for being a tough negotiator which prompted Hutton to air his concern about a potential deal.

Saints slapped a £25million price tag on Hojbjerg and it’s believed Tottenham aren’t close to meeting that valuation.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Spurs defender said: “This has been going on for a long time now, it’s been in the papers forever, it seems.

“It just seems like Tottenham all over, they just always want to get the best deal.

“I know Daniel Levy, he’s very good at what he does, he doesn’t normally back down so it’s a case of that again. It just seems like Spurs have been doing this for years now.

“They do miss out on people because of the way Levy is with the signings.

“If they want him that much they’ll go and get him, it’s an area where Mourinho has chopped and changed and they’ll be looking for someone to go in and play with the likes of Sissoko on a regular basis.

“If they want him, they’ve got to go and get him because there will be other teams more than willing to pay the money for him.” 

Spurs want to use Kyle Walker-Peters as part of any deal that brings Hojbjerg to north London.

The defender spent the second half of the season on loan at St Mary’s and received plaudits for the way he played during Project Restart.

But Saints, as it stands, want to keep the two deals separate so that player valuations aren’t confused.