29-year-old Tottenham veteran with fast expiring contract eyeing January exit

Eric Dier wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur in January

Tottenham Hotspur find themselves at a crossroads with Eric Dier as he remains eager to part ways with the club come January. Ange Postecoglou, grappling with defensive challenges due to injuries, recently reintegrated Dier into the starting lineup for the last two Premier League fixtures, resulting in mixed outcomes—a 4-1 defeat against Chelsea and a 2-1 loss to Wolves.

Dier, previously sidelined for the initial 10 league matches, faced tough competition from Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero. However, with Van de Ven sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Dier stepped back into the fold. Despite this, the 29-year-old is keen on pursuing new challenges, prompting speculations of an imminent departure in the upcoming transfer window.

The defender’s contract expires at the end of the season, fueling rumours that he stands inclined to run down his deal and leave as a free agent next summer. This approach would offer Dier the flexibility to explore various options and potentially secure a more lucrative contract, given the absence of a transfer fee for his services.

Eric Dier wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur in January.
Eric Dier wants to leave Tottenham in January.

According to Football365 though, Dier remains adamant on leaving the club come the January transfer window. Having said that, chairman Daniel Levy appears reluctant to let Dier depart without compensation. Determined to avoid losing a valuable asset for nothing, Levy is reportedly seeking a buyer for Dier in the January transfer window.

What next for Eric?

Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Roma have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring the services of the England international. His contract situation (Transfermarkt) also allows him to enter into pre-contract negotiations with foreign clubs from January 1, paving the way for a potential free transfer at the conclusion of the season.

The looming decision on Dier’s future adds an intriguing subplot to Tottenham’s January transfer considerations, with Levy’s strategic moves likely to shape the outcome of this unfolding saga.

As the transfer window approaches, Spurs fans will be keenly watching how the club navigates these negotiations and addresses the defensive dynamics within the squad. In any case, though, we will surely need to get on board a few centre-backs that the manager likes and would trust in the absence of first-choice players.