Man United eyeing Eric Dier as Nemanja Matic replacement – Times

As per a report from the Times, Manchester United are considering a move for Spurs midfielder Eric Dier this summer.

Tottenham enforcer

Dier, a 25-year-old holding midfielder, came up through the youth ranks of Portuguese outfit Sporting CP, before joining Tottenham in the summer of 2014.

And the English international has since gone on to establish himself as an integral member of Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield.

After managing a respectable 25 Premier League starts during his debut campaign in North London, Dier subsequently missed out on a starting berth in just 11 of Spurs’ league fixtures over the ensuing 3 seasons.

SEVILLE, SPAIN – OCTOBER 15: Sergio Ramos of Spain is challenged by Eric Dier of England during the UEFA Nations League A group four match between Spain and England at Estadio Benito Villamarin on October 15, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

This past season, however, proved a very different story.

Amid a number of injury problems and a major dip in form, Dier racked up just 21 starts across all competitions.

The no-nonsense midfielder was regularly singled out for heavy criticism on the part of the Tottenham faithful, with Dier’s lack of mobility and persistent slowing down of the game having regularly proven detrimental to his side’s fortunes.

Old Trafford bound?

As such, with Harry Winks, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko already ahead of the 25-year-old in Mauricio Pochettino’s pecking order in the middle of the park, and Spurs expected to invest heavily in the club’s midfield this summer, Dier could well be left as the odd man out.

And, as per the aforementioned report from the Times, one club keen to take advantage of the English international’s precarious situation in London are Manchester United.

The Red Devils are targeting a long-term replacement for the aging Nemanja Matic this summer.

And Dier is said to be one of a number of options under consideration on the part of the United hierarchy.

Other potential targets include West Ham’s Declan Rice and Newcastle starlet Sean Longstaff.

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