Tottenham will very ‘gladly’ allow Eric Dier to leave the club on a free this January.
The 29-year-old defender joined the club in the summer of 2014 during Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure, in a £4m deal from Sporting Lisbon.
Dier enjoyed a decent career with the Lilywhites, spending almost a decade at the club and making over 350 appearances and contributing with 13 goals and 12 assists.
However, his form has been on a decline since some time and has completely fallen out of favour under Ange Postecoglou. He has only played four times for Spurs this season, three of those appearances came from the bench.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein shared this update while speaking on Rio Ferdinand’s podcast FIVE. Discussing the player, the journalist stated that Tottenham will allow Eric Dier to leave the club on a free transfer this month.
“They would like players to go. Hugo Lloris has already gone to LAFC. That doesn’t bring in a transfer fee, but it moves his salary off the wage bill, which is crucial in this Financial Fair Play era.”
“They would very gladly do the same with Eric Dier, who’s out of contract next summer and is not part of the plans.”
Dier has only 6 months left in his contract with Spurs meaning, come summer, he will be allowed to leave on a free transfer.
Levy was initially keen on selling him this month in order to cash in on him but as per the recent report, he will be happy to let him go on a free transfer and get him off his wage list.
The club has also recently bid farewell to their longest-serving player, Hugo Lloris. The goalkeeper found himself in a situation similar to Dier’s, as he had only six months remaining on his contract as well but the club allowed him to join MLS on a free transfer.
Allowing Dier to leave for free might not bring in any financial fee for Spurs, but it could alleviate the club’s wage bill burden.
It would enable Spurs to create room for potential new signings who are expected to join during the mid-season window.