Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier has alerted a number of Premier League clubs by turning down a new deal according to The Express.
The Portuguese outfit wanted their English talent to commit his future to the club until 2018, but he's declined the offer and could now leave on a free transfer next summer. Dier's decision is likely to prompt interest from a host of English clubs with Sporting unlikely to want to lose one of their brightest talents for nothing.
The Express claim Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are all interested in the 20-year-old and could make a move this summer. A move to the Premier League would see Dier return to England a decade after he emigrated to Portugal with his parents in 2004.
He did return briefly in 2011 for a short loan spell with Everton though he never featured for the first time, instead spending the duration of his stay with the club's academy side as he looked to develop his game.
The time on Merseyside benefited the youngster, and later that year he made his international debut, playing for England's under 18's. The defender, who can also operate in midfield, has since gone on to represent England at under 19, under 20 and under 21 level despite Portugal having previously enquired about his services.
Since his loan spell with Everton Dier has broken into the Sporting first team, making a total of 27 Primeira Liga appearances in the last two seasons.
Dier impressed last season as Sporting clinched a second place league finish, securing Champions League football in the process, but he may resist temptation to play regular football in Portugal in favour of a move to the Premier League. Any potential move to England was simplified in 2012 when the Lisbon club acquired his full sporting rights, having previously part-owned him with Quality Football Ireland Limited.
The Premier League has strict rules regarding third party ownership, but since Sporting now own Dier outright, he would be free to sign for an English club should a deal be agreed.
After England's disappointing World Cup campaign, a move to the Premier League may help Dier break into Roy Hodgson's England squad with Euro 2016 surely the aim for the young defender. This summer he featured for England in the Toulon tournament, and will be encouraged by seeing fellow 20-year-old John Stones being placed on standby for the World Cup.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.