United boss Jose Mourinho is looking to improve the overall quality of his squad as well as bring in some midfield reinforcements in the upcoming summer transfer window, after having lost Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger in January, and the futures of Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini at the club still in doubt.
The Red Devils have therefore identified Spurs’ versatile Englishman Eric Dier as a potential transfer target, as Mourinho believes the 23-year-old can secure a long-term role in central midfield at the Theatre of Dreams.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has used the youngster as a central midfielder as well as a center-back, but Dier believes his best position to be in the middle of the park – a position Mourinho can guarantee the player in order to convince him to make the switch to Manchester.
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Meanwhile, Pochettino seems adamant on making full use of Dier’s versatility, after he was quoted as saying last month: “We provided all the tools [for Dier] to be a Premier League player. My first game in charge against West Ham, he started as a centre back, next to Kaboul. Kyle Naughton got a red card, he moved to full-back and scored.
“That season, he played like a full back, like a centre back, but never as a midfielder. Then in the summer, we were looking for a midfielder and we had plenty of options (to buy one), but I decided to play Eric in midfield.
“Then we signed Wanyama and played both, but we had some injuries like Toby [Alderweireld] and Jan [Vertonghen], and Eric was the perfect player to play as a centre back. That is a good thing for the player, the possibility to play in different positions and do well in every one.”
A guaranteed position in central midfield may persuade Eric Dier to leave Tottenham, who are still very much in the race for this season’s Premier League title, and join the currently 5th-placed Manchester United in the summer.
And if the England international does end up making this switch to Old Trafford, Spurs will then turn their attention towards former Red Devil and current Burnley center-back Michael Keane, so as to replace the former Sporting man.