England’s Eric Dier looking forward to being Tottenham teammates with Denmark’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Denmark midfielder Hojbjerg joined Spurs from Premier League rivals Southampton for a reported initial fee of £15million last month.

The 25-year-old will line up alongside England international Dier next year, but the pair will be on opposite sides when the Three Lions face Denmark in their Nations League clash in Copenhagen.

Dier revealed he has been impressed by what he has seen from Hojbjerg so far and feels he will add something extra to Jose Mourinho’s squad.

“I knew him a bit as well from before, just playing against him,” Dier said. “But to see him more closely since he arrived at Tottenham, he is a great player and I think he is going to bring a lot to the Tottenham team.

“I think he has attributes that we were missing a little bit as well in our team at Tottenham – from what I have seen he is very professional, has a fantastic attitude and a fantastic work-rate.

“I think he brings some leadership qualities as well, he speaks a lot on the pitch, he pushes his team-mates and demands things from his team-mates.

“In the way he plays he is quite combative and aggressive and brings a little bit more fight to the midfield, which is good for us.”

Asked if that meant he was happier to play with the former Saints captain than against him, Dier added: “Yes, I’m very happy he is on my team now and hopefully he can have a great season for us at Tottenham.

“I am excited to play with him and happy that he is with us.”

While facing a new team-mate on Tuesday, Dier will also come up against an old friend from Spurs.

Christian Eriksen left Tottenham in January after six-and-a-half years in north London as he joined Inter Milan.

His contract was running down and Spurs opted to sell, with Eriksen having since struggled to make a telling impact in Italy.

“Christian is a very good friend of mine, I speak to him very often,” added Dier. “We had a very good relationship at Tottenham and spent a lot of time together as well outside of football.

“I know him very well, he is a fantastic player with so much quality – I think it is normal sometimes you go through a period of transition when you move to a different team, especially in a different country and also because of the circumstances with the coronavirus and everything that happened around that.

“With the impact it had in Italy it must have been a very difficult time for him at the same time as moving club and country.

“I think he is really happy, from what he has told me he is really happy in Italy and has settled really well.”

Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg undergoes Tottenham medical

The Denmark international was at the club’s Hotspur Way training complex to undergo health checks, the PA news agency understands.

Hojbjerg is primed to join Spurs for a reported initial £15million, which could rise to £19m, with right-back Kyle Walker-Peters set to go the other way in a separate deal.

Hojbjerg was stripped of the captaincy at the south coast club after he informed them he would not be signing a new contract and spent much of the resumption of the 2019/20 campaign out of the side.

There was interest from Everton, but the midfielder was keen to work with Jose Mourinho at Spurs, who look to have got the deal done in an uncharacteristically swift manner.

Hojbjerg arrived in England in 2016 from Bayern Munich, where he also worked under Pep Guardiola and impressed at St Mary’s, soon taking on the armband.

But with his contract running out next summer, he informed the club that he would not be renewing terms and Southampton have now cashed in.

Hojbjerg has been intent on joining Spurs, liking several social media posts linking him with the club and the deal could be completed in the next 48 hours.

Walker-Peters’ move is a separate transaction as Saints look to make his loan into a permanent transfer – a deal which is still being finalised.

The right-back spent the second half of last season on loan with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men and impressed, prompting Southampton to pay a reported £12million for his services.

Spurs continue chase of Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Everton are also interested in the Denmark international, with the Toffees reported to have offered close to £20m for the midfielder’s services.

Tottenham have only offered £15m, but it’s understood the player prefers a move to Spurs.

A switch to North London may suit Southampton better as the selling club, particularly as defender Kyle Walker-Peters has been on loan at St Mary’s this season and Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to secure him on a permanent basis.

However, as is to be expected, there are negotiations over fees, and it isn’t out of the question that both Spurs and Southampton could agree a cash-plush-player deal.