Banished Tottenham star linked with new Prem suitor as real reason for transfer preference emerges

Tottenham pair Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier

Eric Dier has become a target for Fulham after falling down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur, according to an update on the chances of Tosin Adarabioyo going in the other direction.

Dier is yet to feature for Tottenham since Ange Postecoglou took charge, which has led to doubts about his future. The fact he is into the final year of his contract in north London does not help his chances of staying at Spurs either.

Crystal Palace were recently said to have registered their interest in Dier. However, it appears they now face competition from a London rival in the shape of Fulham.

According to RMC Sport, Fulham have taken an interest in the 29-year-old. Marco Silva rates him for his versatility, which allows him to be an option in either defence or midfield.

It is perhaps in defence that Dier would be most useful to Fulham, since they are bracing themselves for the departure of Adarabioyo, who is similarly into the final year of his contract.

Tottenham have coincidentally been showing an interest in Adarabioyo, but he would prefer to join Monaco. However, Fulham have been pushing for him to go to Spurs instead – as has his agent.

With Dier now potentially on offer in return, it is becoming clearer why Fulham would rather do business with their Premier League rivals.

But Adarabioyo would be in line to earn a better salary at Monaco than Tottenham – having already agreed a salary – and is also convinced he would get more regular gametime in Ligue 1. Indeed, at Monaco, he could fill the void left by Chelsea new boy, Axel Disasi.

Monaco fail to find agreement with Fulham for Adarabioyo

However, Fulham have rejected two offers from Monaco so far. The most recent was worth €10m (£8.6m). Their positive relations with Tottenham could open up a potential part-exchange deal before the transfer window closes instead.

Funnily enough, the recent report detailing Crystal Palace‘s interest in Dier also suggested Monaco as suitors for him, although RMC Sport has not made any such reference.

Dier has made more than 350 appearances for Tottenham since joining them from Sporting CP almost a decade ago. A new challenge could be due for the England international, though.

Tottenham have been aiming to evolve their defence this summer and recently signed Micky van de Ven from Wolfsburg with that in mind. If they offload Dier, it would make sense for them to target an additional reinforcement for their rearguard.

At the age of 25, Adarabioyo could become a long-term successor to Dier at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. But Postecoglou’s side have their work cut out to convince him to make the move.

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