Manchester United should consider reviving their interest in Eric Dier, according to former Tottenham striker Darren Bent.
Dier was linked with United in the summer of 2017. At the time, the Guardian claimed a £50m bid had been prepared and the Red Devils were willing to more than double the midfielder’s wages.
But Dier ended up staying at Spurs, where he is currently struggling to make an impact under Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentinian appears to prefer Harry Winks in the holding role, though Dier did return to the line-up in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton.
The 25-year-old has struggled with illness and injuries over the last 12 months, barely playing for Tottenham and losing his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad. And Bent thinks Dier could be on the move soon with Old Trafford a potential destination.
“I think Leicester would be a good one, they could get the best out of him, Everton, yeah, good,” Bent told Football Insider.
“Even someone like Manchester United could do with him, a holding midfielder – don’t play Fred there (as) a holding midfielder, he (Dier) plays holding, Pogba plays next to him where he can go and have a free role.
“That wouldn’t be a bad signing for them because he is someone that knows his role, will sit there in front of the back four and give that back four protection.”
There is some logic behind Dier forming an effective partnership with Paul Pogba, but he’s hardly the kind of player who will transform Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. For that reason, Dier is more likely to join a club outside the ‘Big Six’ if he does leave Spurs.
Alternatively, he could move abroad. Italian outlet Calcio Mercato has mooted a swap deal involving Dier and AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie – but that remains mere speculation for now.