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Bayern Munich eyeing Eric Dier as Xabi Alonso alternative

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On the back of a brilliant domestic campaign, Tottenham are the one realistic challenger left to halt Leicester City’s title bid.

Several first-team stars have impressed under the watchful guidance of Mauricio Pochettino with one particular name gaining significant recognition for his improvement this season - Eric Dier.

The Englishman has come of age this campaign with some commendable performances for the north Londoners which have surprisingly caught the attention of some European heavyweights.

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German giants Bayern Munich are monitoring Dier after the midfielder was the stand-out performer for the Premier League side during their Europa League tie against Borussia Dortmund, according to Bild.

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Pep Guardiola will hand over the reigns to Carlo Ancelotti from next season as he leaves for Manchester City and it is believed the Italian manager. along with technical director Michael Reschke - who plays a pivotal role in recruitments for the club - have Dier on their wishlist.

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Spanish ace Xabi Alonso will enter the final year of his contract with the Bavarians in 2016-17 and the German champions are already eyeing possible replacements with the Spurs player a potential candidate to succeed him.

Bayern also got a glimpse of Dier’s brilliance during the international friendly against Germany in Berlin when he netted the winner in the dying seconds of the match, winning the tie 3-2 for England.

The former Sporting Lisbon prodigy can operate at the heart of defence as well as a deep-lying midfield role, which has added depth to Pochettino’s squad and might well benefit Bayern if they decide to pursue him in future.

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However, it may not be an easy task to prise the 22-year-old away from White Hart Lane as Dier signed a contract extension till 2020 back in September and only an audacious offer from the Germans could convince the English top flight club to selling one of their prized possessions.

His tactical awareness, ball-winning ability and confidence on the ball have generated interest from Bayern to move for the England international, who also boasts an astounding work rate - having featured in 31 out of the 32 league outings for Spurs.

Dier will be one of the key members of the England national team that travel to France for Euro 2016 this summer and will give the Munich-based outfit even more time to scout the talented youngster.

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Topics:
Xabi Alonso
Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski
Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur
Football
Bayern Munich
Premier League
Carlo Ancelotti

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