According to reports, Newcastle United have joined Bayern Munich in the race to sign Eric Dier from Tottenham Hotspur before Friday’s transfer deadline.
The England international has made over 350 appearances for Spurs since joining the Premier League club from Sporting Lisbon in 2014.
Dier was a regular for Tottenham last term as he made 42 appearances across all competitions but he has slipped down the pecking order following Ange Postecoglou’s arrival.
The 29-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Spurs in a competitive fixture this season and it is looking likely that he will leave the club before the transfer window closes.
The defender has a strong relationship with Harry Kane, who left Tottenham to join Bayern Munich earlier this summer.
The European giants are in the market for a new defender and they are monitoring £50m-rated Chelsea academy product Trevoh Chalobah.
Dier has emerged as a potential cheaper alternative to Chalobah and the Spurs man – according to Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg – has reportedly been ‘offered’ to Bayern Munich. His report stated.
“Understand that Dier was offered to #FCBayern again and again in the last days!
“A transfer possibility of the 29 y/o was discussed internally as he can play as a centre-back and in defensive midfield. The topic is still in the transfer board of FC Bayern.”
Spanish outlet Fichajes meanwhile have suggested that Newcastle United are also in the race to sign Dier from Tottenham.
Spurs are ‘open to negotiating’ a transfer and it’s claimed that the Magpies ‘like’ Dier.
Newcastle have Dier ‘in the spotlight’ in the final few days of the summer transfer window and he ‘would have the opportunity’ to play under Eddie Howe.
Dier’s ‘versatility’ means he is ‘arousing the interest of various clubs’ and Newcastle are among the ‘big favourites’ in the race to sign him.
Newcastle will look to recover from back-to-back defeats when they face Brighton this weekend. After their 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Sunday, Howe said he wants his players “to be hurting”.
“I’d want them to be hurting after that because we pride ourselves on trying to win first and foremost and if we can’t, then we do everything we can to draw the game. But that’s certainly a game we shouldn’t have lost,” Howe said.
“My role in this now is to calm everything down and try to see perspective. Results will always sway opinions, but from the first two games we’ve had, we’ve been very close to more points, we’ve been very competitive and there have been some really good signs.
“But we probably haven’t had the points that we deserve.”