Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dier Boost for Jose

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dier Boost for Jose

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UNITED have been offered encouragement in their pursuit of Eric Dier, with the Tottenham midfielder said to be open to a move to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho has identified the England international as one of his main targets as he looks to find a long-term successor for Michael Carrick.

Nemanja Matic is another option as a holding midfielder.

But after hijacking Chelsea's move for Romelu Lukaku, United accept the Premier League champions may be reluctant to strengthen Mourinho's team further.

A move for Dier was always considered complicated by Old Trafford's hierarchy, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy a notoriously hard negotiator.

But Dier's interest in working with Mourinho could prove decisive.

The 23-year-old grew up a United supporter and could double his wages with a move away from Spurs, where he currently earns around £70,000-a-week. …

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