According to a report from the Daily Star (Sunday April 12th, page 41), West Ham are interested in signing Tottenham ace Eric Dier when the transfer window re-opens.
Hammers boss David Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to bolster his central midfield ranks in the summer.
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Mark Noble will be 33 in May, and his powers are clearly waning. Carlos Sanchez, meanwhile, is almost certain to leave.
West Ham should be able to make the loan signing of Tomas Soucek a permanent one in the summer.
But that is only if David Moyes’s side avoid relegation.
And if the Hammers do just that, the Daily Star claims that they could move for Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier.
The 26-year-old joined Spurs from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2014 for around £4 million (BBC).
And the 40-capped England international has gone on to rack up 11 goals and 11 assists in 235 appearances for Tottenham (Transfermarkt).
Dier, who earns £60,000 per week according to Spotrac, has made 169 Premier League appearances for the north London outfit.
And in those outings, he has made 284 tackles, 244 interceptions, 494 clearances and 706 ball recoveries.
The 26-year-old Tottenham ace has also won 780 individual duals and 384 aerial battles (premierleague.com).
Dier is obviously more of a defensive midfielder, and those numbers prove that. He can also operate in central defence.
But it could be argued that West Ham don’t actually need him. Especially if Moyes manages to sign Soucek permanently in the summer.
The Sun claims that Tottenham value the England international at around £40 million.
Surely that will be too much for the Hammers in this current climate. And in truth, £40 million for Dier wouldn’t represent great value, considering his poor recent form.