Tottenham have had a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market. Gone are the days when they splashed out over £100 million in the wake of Gareth Bale's sale to Real Madrid. Instead, they are now trying to spend less in an effort to balance the books, led by a notoriously tough negotiator in Daniel Levy.
For this reason, it is the more subtle deals that have interested Spurs this summer. Now, they have tied down hotshot defender, Eric Dier, until the summer of 2020. The £4 million recruit from Sporting Lisbon made 36 appearances last season, and is one of Tottenham's brightest prospects.
At just 21-years-old, Dier already commands respect from Premier League wingers, playing both at right back and centre back. He has been earmarked for a place in the England set-up and has also occasionally filled in at central midfield.
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Dier suffered a setback in the summer, missing out on a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the European Under-21 Championship, but now with this new contract, he will hope to kick on and make himself a mainstay of the youth side.
Tottenham will be pleased to have wrapped up their business here, too, as with homegrown quotas, English players now often come at a premium. Keeping a young, English prospect is, therefore, a real coup for Spurs - though they have excelled at bringing homegrown players through lately, with Harry Kane already a superstar up front for them.
Tottenham will hope that with these young, English players in their spine, they will have a side that can challenge for Champions League football for many years - and it is hard to disagree with that notion, looking at this new deal.
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