Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has emerged as a transfer target for Bayern Munich, report the London Evening Standard.
The 22-year-old has thrived at White Hart Lane this season after spending his first year with the club playing in defence, playing in 31 of Spurs’ 32 Premier League games so far and establishing himself as a strong contender for England’s Euro 2016 squad.
Dier scored his first international goal as England beat Germany 3-2 in Berlin last week as well as starring for Spurs in their Europa League defeat to Borussia Dortmund, and it is believed that has resulted in him catch the attention of Bayern technical director Michael Reschke.
Munich generally employ Xabi Alonso in Dier’s deep-lying midfield position, but the 34-year-old Spaniard has just one year left on his contract and the club are expected to move towards a more pragmatic approach under incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti than the technical possession-based game of current incumbent Pep Guardiola.
That expected change in philosophy has seen Dier land on the Bavarians’ radar, with his tactical awareness and keen sense for defensive responsibility that allows flair players and full backs to prosper reported to particularly appeal.
Dier is, however, contracted to Tottenham until 2019, and they are likely to strongly resist any attempt to prise him away, particularly with Champions League football all but guaranteed for next season.