Spurs stunned by star's demands

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Tottenham Hotspur need a summer rebuild.

Jose Mourinho’s side are on a run of remarkably poor form.

They were beaten by Sheffield United last week, going down 3-1 at Bramall Lane and, while they righted the ship somewhat with a fortunate 1-0 win over Everton on Monday, they drew 0-0 with AFC Bournemouth on Thursday.

In that game, they failed to have a single shot on target, against a team that had conceded nine goals in its previous two games, versus Newcastle United and Manchester United.

It was a dour performance that leads to very real doubts over the club’s ability to even qualify for the Europa League and their clash with Arsenal this weekend has now taken on an added importance. 

However, one player who may not be sticking around in the summer transfer window, if he has anything to do with it, is Eric Dier.

That may come as a surprise, given he has played in every game since Project Restart began and was only missing from the Bournemouth game due to a suspension.

But The Daily Mail reports that his contract talks with Spurs have reached something of an impasse.

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The 26-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of next season, but he is demanding double his current wages of £60,000-per-week.

That, per the report, has led to some stunned faces in the Spurs boardroom, as they feel his demands are unrealistic.

Dier, for his part, is said to be keen to stay but he wants a pay hike to bring him in line with the rest of the squad.

Mourinho is also said to be keen on him staying at the club, but it remains to be seen if an agreement can be reached.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Spurs don’t pay all that much in wages.

Indeed, only Harry Kane, Tanguy Ndombele, and Heung-Min Son currently earn over the £120,000-per-week that Dier is demanding, per Spotrac.

That means that the likes of Giovani Lo Celso, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, and Serge Aurier, who are all more important to the Spurs cause, earn £100,000-per-week or below.

So for Dier to be asking for such a significant hike, really, is something of a slap in the face.

He has endured a poor season and him finding his footing recently under Mourinho does not equate to a £60,000-per-week improvement.

This is nonsense, and Spurs should not give in to his demands.

They are, as the board seems to think, completely unrealistic.

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