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Sporting Lisbon 'open to reunion with Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier'

Sporting Lisbon 'open to Eric Dier reunion'
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Sporting Lisbon are reportedly to a reunion with Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier during the summer transfer window.

Sporting Lisbon may reportedly consider re-signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier during the summer transfer window.

Dier has endured a frustrating 2023-24, with the England international not being viewed as first choice by recently-appointed head coach Ange Postecoglou.

Up until the red card for Cristian Romero and injury to Micky van de Ven against Chelsea earlier this month, Dier had not played a single minute of Premier League football.

That will change for the foreseeable future as Dier is required to deputise in the middle of the backline for at least the next two fixtures courtesy of Romero's ban.

However, the 29-year-old has just over seven months remaining on his contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, opening up the possibility of a January exit.

Eric Dier celebrates scoring for Tottenham Hotspur on September 17, 2022© Reuters

Reports have previously indicated that Spurs would be open to cashing in on Dier, while the player is not in any particular rush to make a decision over his future.

According to O Jogo, Sporting have started to monitor the situation ahead of a potential reunion.

Between 2003 and 2012, Dier was part of the youth academy at the Portuguese giants before eventually making an impact in the first team.

A total of 31 appearances were made for Sporting, with his performances eventually earning him a £4m transfer to Spurs who he has represented ever since.

Sporting Lisbon coach Ruben Amorim reacts on November 12, 2023© Reuters

Ruben Amorim's side are currently impressing in Primeira Liga, winning nine of their opening 11 matches to sit in second place in the standings.

Nevertheless, with the future of Goncalo Inacio up in the air courtesy of his release clause, Sporting may soon require an alternative in their back three.

That said, the report adds that Sporting are only interested in signing Dier on a free transfer at the end of the season, rather than in the January window.

In a recent interview at a web summit, Dier hinted that he was open to representing Sporting in the future, calling it "his home" and revealing that he would like to live there at the end of his career.

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