TOTTENHAM Hotspur are closing in on their third summer signing after overnight reports suggested that English defender Eric Dier was closing in on a move to North London. The 20-year old Sporting Lisbon centre-half is expected to complete his move in the coming days with a £4 million deal between the two clubs being discussed.
Despite not being a household name on these shores the young defender has already made five appearances for the England under-21 side and is dubbed as the “next John Terry” due to his brave and powerful playing style.
He was approached by the Portuguese FA to play his international football for them however he turned down their advances and has represented England at under-18, u19, u20 and u21 levels.
Dier, who was born in England, moved to Portugal in 2004 when he was ten years old after his mother acquired work ahead of the European Championships that summer. He was soon noticed by club scouts working for Sporting and was quickly signed up. Over the years Dier has advanced through the clubs academy and broke into their first team last season.
After making 15 appearances for the Leões in 2013-2014 he attracted the interest of a number of Premier League clubs, most notably Newcastle United, West Ham United and Spurs.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has decided that Dier has the qualities needed to become one of the Premier League’s top defenders and at £4 million could become a bargain buy.
It is no secret that Tottenham are in the lookout for a new centre-half and it seems that Dier fits the bill.
He won’t be a regular starter straight from the off; however with the correct tutelage Dier could blossom into one of England’s best centre-backs in years to come.
It is hoped that under the guidance of Pochettino and fellow team-mate Jan Vertonghen the former Everton loanee will quickly learn the rigours of the Premier League and be the long-term replacement for Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul.
With the season just weeks away Tottenham have been boosted by the return of their World Cup participants who returned to training yesterday at Hotspur Way.
Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele, Hugo Lloris, Paulinho and Vertonghen were put through their paces as they gear up for their opener against West Ham on August 16th.
Pochettino’s philosophy was beginning to take shape on the club’s recent tour of North America and with the return of the rest of the squad it’s all systems go at White Hart Lane.
Vertonghen is expected to sign a new five-year contract in the coming days, weeks after Lloris extended his contract, and with further transfer activity to come optimism is high.
The Lillywhites are also hopeful of signing Southampton’s defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin before the end of the current transfer window, despite the South Coast clubs refusal to sell their star man, with the Frenchman unhappy at St Marys.
Spurs fly out to Helsinki, Finland on Friday ahead of their friendly with Celtic at the weekend which gives a chance for Pochettino to assess his squad further ahead of the new Premier League season.