Tottenham Complete Eric Dier Deal
Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Sporting Libson defender Eric Dier for a fee in the region of £4 million.
Spurs announced on Thursday that they had signed the 20 year old from Sporting, pending the completion of a medical, which has now been completed. The Portuguese club, however, were far from happy at the way the deal unfolded.
Eric Dier had been on Sporting’s books since he was 10, eventually signing his first professional contract just over 4 years ago. In the midst of talk with regard to a new deal, Sporting were then stunned when presented with Spurs’ escape-clause bid, forcing them to part with the young defender.
A statement from Sporting’s website read, “Over the course of the last month, Sporting Clube de Portugal began negotiations with athlete Eric Dier for the renewal of his contract. Unexpectedly, Sporting was confronted by the player’s father and official representative with a bid from Tottenham Hotspur, with that bid activating a clause agreed by previous boards of directors for the sale of the player for an amount of 5 million Euros or more, unless the personal terms offered as part of the bis are matched.”
“Due to the club’s current salary policy, the respective balance within the squad and the ongoing financial restructuring under way at the club, it was not possible to match the proposed terms.”
“Furthermore, Sporting was also informed the player did not want to remain with the club even on equal terms, and that any equal or improved personal terms would not have been accepted. In light of the above, Sporting announced the complete sale of the economic rights of the player Eric Dier to Tottenham Hotspur for 5 million Euros without any rights relative to the player.”
“Despite the above mentioned events, Sporting wishes Eric Dier all the best in his career.”
More on Eric Dier:
Born in Cheltenham, Eric Dier moved to Portugal from England when he was 10 years old. Dier then signed professional terms with Sporting Libson in 2010 when he was 16. In January 2011, Eric Dier joined Everton on a short term loan until 30 June. He made his debut with Sporting B in a 2012-13 Segunda Liga 1-3 away win against Atletico.
In 11 November 2012, Dier was called to play for the first team in a 2012-13 Primeira Liga 1-0 home win against S.C. Braga. He then signed a 5 year contract with English Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspur on 2 August 2014, in a £4 million transfer.
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