According to Charlie Eccleshare of The Athletic, Eric Dier’s future at Tottenham Hotspur is still uncertain, with Spurs keen to move him on before the end of the transfer window, whilst the player prefers moving for free next June, following the expiration of his current contract.
Furthermore, the English international is also open to the right loan move, however, despite Marco Silva’s Fulham being interested in a permanent move, this is currently unlikely, with a free transfer to a side abroad next season the most probable outcome.
Dier was previously said to be ready to fight for his place under new manager Ange Postecoglou, but with the Australian not including him in either of his two squads so far, and his side being interested in signing a new centre-back in addition to the new arrival of Micky van de Ven, his future is looking more uncertain.
Born in England but brought up in Portugal, the 29-year-old spent 11 years at Sporting Lisbon before moving to The Lilywhites for €5m in 2014, and, although he impressed during his first few seasons under Mauricio Pochettino, has faced consistent criticism from fans over the last few seasons, as he’s has struggled to assert himself as a consistent starter in a tumultuous Spurs side.
Despite this, with 49 England caps and 270 appearances in the English top flight, the 6’2” central defender- who is also capable of playing in defensive midfield- is an experienced professional with excellent aerial presence and ability to defend in a deep, structured defence- as he demonstrated during his time under José Mourinho.
With club-record goal scorer Harry Kane having joined Bayern Munich for upwards of €100m, Dier could be one of a raft of names to be moved on by Spurs this summer, as Postecoglou looks to rebuild his squad and help his new side bounce back from a disappointing eighth place finish last season – something which they have already begun with their 2-0 victory against Manchester United last weekend.
Travis Levison | Get Football