Spurs to swoop for Sporting Lisbon star Eric Dier
Tottenham, 50/1 to win the Premier League, have agreed to sign Sporting Lisbon and England Under-21’s starlet Eric Dier.
Dier, 20, had previously been rumoured to be making a summer switch to Newcastle United, and has long been linked to Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea, but is now on the cusp of sealing a move to Spurs.
New Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could make a double transfer swoop for Dier and his current Sporting clubmate Miguel Lopes, a versatile full back who he is apparently keen to bring in on loan with an option to buy.
After the recent arrivals of goalkeeper Michel Vorm and left back Ben Davies from Swansea City , Spurs seem to be focusing on bolstering their defensive options. This seems wise considering the north London club leaked 51 goals last term as they finished sixth in the Premier League, conceding seven more than seventh placed United, and 12 more than fifth spot Everton.
Portugal-based Dier, who has previously returned to the Premier League during a loan stint with Everton’s youth team, has made 30 appearances over two seasons for Sporting and is supposedly available for a fee of around £4m.
Able to operate as a centre half, right back or midfield anchor, the adaptable defender will be able to provide Pochettino with cover in numerous positions, as he attempts to reinforce his new squad.
Cheltenham-born Dier moved to Portugal as a youngster, and was quickly snapped up by Sporting’s academy. Highly-rated, the young centre back has been praised for his ability on the ball as well as his strength and positional awareness, making him ideal for a Pochettino-coached side, with the Argentine favouring possession-based football.
Whilst Dier may be considered one for the future, he could find himself thrown into the fray quicker than expected, with question marks over the futures of rumoured Barcelona target Jan Vertonghen, and Michael Dawson, who is coveted by Hull City.
Spurs, 10/3 for a top four finish, will need to make more acquisitions this summer if they hope to challenge for a Champions League spot, as moves for Southampton stars Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin seem to have stalled.
Following last season’s disappointing campaign, and rivals such as Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool making significant additions to their squad, Spurs surely have a lot of ground to make up