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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Manchester United to turn to Tottenham's Eric Dier after sealing deal for Romelu Lukaku - reports

Old Trafford club set to continue summer spending with England international a top target to bolster the midfield.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier is a reported transfer target for Manchester United. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier is a reported transfer target for Manchester United. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Manchester United will target a move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier after completing the deal for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, according to reports in the British media.

United appear to be on the verge of signing Lukaku after having an offer, reported to be £75 million (Dh355.2m) , accepted by Everton.

Indeed, the Premier League club announced on their Twitter account on Thursday:

While Premier League champions Chelsea are also reported to have launched their own bid to re-sign a player they sold to Everton in 2014, United are in pole position to sign the Belgian striker.

Once the situation involving Lukaku is resolved, United will then focus their energies on Tottenham's England international Dier, claim The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic had been a top target for United manager Jose Mourinho, but with Lukaku seemingly heading for Old Trafford, the Premier League champions are reluctant to further strengthen a title rival.

It means United have switched their focus to Dier, for whom United have already had a bid rejected this summer. However, talks are reportedly still going on behind the scenes between United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

While Levy and Tottenham are under no pressure to sell Dier, or indeed any of their key players, it is reported that an offer in the region of £50m could tempt the London club to the negotiating table.

It is reported that while Dier is settled at Tottenham, he would be receptive to a move to United where not only would he expect to double his £75,000 a week wages, but also be handed the defensive midfield berth he struggled to hold down at Spurs following the arrival of Victor Wanyama.