Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly planning to sell Eric Dier in the summer if the England international opts against signing a new deal with the north London club – so should Everton consider bringing him back to Goodison Park?
The Daily Mail claims Dier, 26, is reluctant to sign a new deal due to a lack of game time. He wants assurances over his playing time before putting pen to paper, with Jose Mourinho currently preferring Harry Winks and Gio Lo Celso in midfield.\
Mourinho did give former Sporting Lisbon star Dier a chance after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino, but Dier struggled. He has since been overtaken by the likes of Winks, Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele – while Moussa Sissoko remains injured.
With Levy keen to avoid another saga that eventually saw Christian Eriksen join Inter Milan for £17million, he wants to know if Dier will sign a new deal. If the England cap decides against a new deal, he will be sold this summer.
So, should Everton look to bring Dier back to Merseyside? Nine years ago, Dier joined Everton on an 18-month loan from Sporting Lisbon – remaining at Goodison until June 2012. But he failed to make a single senior appearance.
Instead, he clocked up 14 appearances for the Under-23 side. Everton decided against keeping permanently, and he has since gone on to play 40 times for England – and 230 times for Tottenham in all competitions.
Now, Everton have the chance to rectify that mistake. The Toffees could do with a holding midfielder, given Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin’s lack of form. Andre Gomes and Jean Philippe Gbamin have both suffered big injuries.
It remains to be seen if they will return as good as they were prior to their injuries, while The Toffees also require cover at centre-back. Only Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina represent Everton’s options at the back.
Bringing Dier – who cost Spurs just £4million (Telegraph) – to Everton for a second time will give Carlo Ancelotti a top-quality holding midfielder, but also much-needed cover at the heart of his defence. Surely it is a no brainer?