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Arsenal could complete cut-price deal for Eric Dier

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Arsene Wenger could secure a cut-price deal for Sporting Lisbon starlet Eric Dier after reports in Portugal suggested he could be available for as little as €6m.

Reports from O Jogo, cited by TalkSPORT, claim the England Under-21 man is keen on a return to England, and the price tag could be a lot lower than expected.

Having won their first piece of silverware in nine years, Arsenal will be keen to push on next season, and defensive reinforcements may be required.

Regular right-back Bacary Sagna has turned down a contract extension at the Emirates and will leave this summer, while club captain Thomas Vermaelen is said to be a transfer target for Italian side Fiorentina.

20-year-old Dier proved his versatility by starting at right-back for England's Under 20 side as they were held to a 1-1 draw by South Korea in the Toulon Tournament on Wednesday, and has also played a holding midfield role for his club side.

That versatility, along with his age and his English roots, makes him a very appealing buy for Wenger, and an Arsenal club legend has already given his approval.

Speaking ahead of the start of last season, former club captain Tony Adams said: "There's a kid at Sporting Lisbon, Eric Dier, who's English, he's 19, maybe he could fill the gap?"

Dier has impressed since breaking into the Sporting Lisbon team during the 2012/2013 season, and has already been linked with a move to the Gunners this month, though Tottenham and Stoke were also said to be keen.

Despite helping Sporting to a second-placed Primeira Liga finish, earning Champions League qualification in the process, the Cheltenham-born defender could be available for under £5million, and that figure will certainly appeal to Wenger, who has been linked with a big money move for Benfica's Rodrigo.

Having lived in Portugal for the past decade, Dier has spent almost all of his football education at Sporting, though he did enjoy a brief loan spell with Everton in 2011, during which he trained with the club's academy.

Despite being courted by the Portuguese FA, Dier has represented England at a number of levels and made his debut for the Under-21 side in August last year.

A move to the Premier League could help him make the step up to the full national team, and the inclusion of Luke Shaw, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad will give him hope of forcing his way into senior reckoning.

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