Newcastle join hunt for Eric Dier

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Newcastle are keen to make Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier their seventh signing of the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Manager Alan Pardew has come under criticism in recent years for a lack of spending, but he's appeased fans this summer with no fewer than six arrivals already confirmed.

The reports in the Daily Mail suggest Pardew is keen to follow up his interest in the young defender and make an official bid in the hope of completing a seventh signing of a busy summer.

Dier attraction

20-year-old Dier has impressed since breaking into the first team at Sporting Lisbon in 2012, and his performances haven't gone unnoticed in his homeland.

Earlier this year north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham were linked with a move for the versatile defender, but it appears Newcastle are now ready to bid for the England youth international.

While the north east club may not be ready to challenge for trophies yet, the fact they could offer Dier first team football in the Premier League could help the steal a march in the race for his signature.

With Newcastle in need of defensive reinforcements having lost Mathieu Debuchy this summer, Dier's ability to slot in at right-back or in the centre of defence would provide Pardew with invaluable options.

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Summer spending

Following a season that was derailed by the signing of star man Yohan Cabaye in January, Pardew has moved quickly to bring in a host of talent.

The first name through the door hardly sparked mass celebration, with Spanish youngster Ayoze Perez' signing going somewhat unnoticed.

Pardew upped his game though by bringing in free agent Jack Colback from rivals Sunderland before things got really exciting for Newcastle fans.

Managing to sign former Ajax captain Siem De Jong was a coup, and that was followed up by the arrival of French starlet Remy Cabella, Dutch World Cup defender Daryl Janmaat and Monaco striker Emmanuel Rivière.

Portuguese up-bringingA move to Newcastle would offer Dier a second taste of football in England, having previously enjoyed a short spell on loan at Everton in 2011 which allowed him to train with the club's youth team to aid his development.

That temporary switch aside, Dier's young career has spent in Lisbon after his family moved to Portugal ahead of Euro 2004.Having been picked up by scouts from Sporting Dier worked his way through the same academy that produced the likes of Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani to earn a place in the first team.

Since making the breakthrough Dier has seen himself used as a holding midfielder as well as in his favoured defensive role, and that versatility has helped him earn a reputation as one of the most promising youngsters in the Primeira Liga.

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