Scottish champions Celtic have just been linked with a move to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier this summer.
The 28-year-old Englishman has been in the news recently for allegedly removing Tottenham from his social bio and unfollowing the club’s account. He was also left out of the squad in the game against Brentford on the opening day.
90min have now claimed Celtic really admire Dier.
Ange Postecoglou was and still is a hero at Celtic, and he could now help his old club sign Eric Dier.
The report claims along with clubs in France, Germany, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and of course, England, Celtic are believed to be big admirers of the England international.
The Scots have had great success with doing business with Tottenham – just look at Cameron Carter-Vickers. Dier could prove to be even better if they can get him, but Postecoglou may ruin this move.
The new Spurs boss claimed in his press conference over the weekend that Dier is very much a part of his plans.
He said, as quoted by The Independent: “Eric is part of this team.
“Eric is in the same boat as all the other boys. He’s working hard in training and available for selection.”
Dier has entered the final year of his contract at Tottenham.
Celtic target Eric Dier has come under a lot of criticism at Tottenham over the last year or so.
The Englishman looked incredible early in Antonio Conte’s tenure, but he has clearly fallen down the pecking order at Spurs now, especially after Micky van de Ven’s arrival.
A move away might just be the best thing for all parties involved, and if Celtic can convince him to move to Glasgow, it would be an extraordinary signing.
However, with so many clubs from different leagues keen to sign him, it won’t be easy for the Scottish champions.
Ange Postecoglou could ‘break Celtic hearts’ again with £16m transfer
Kyogo Furuhashi has been touted as a potential replacement for Harry Kane, but Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou would be “breaking Celtic hearts” if he stole the Japanese forward away from his former club. Kyogo has been a revelation in Scotland since Postecoglou signed him for £4.5million two years ago.
The 28-year-old has produced 56 goals and 11 assists in 85 games for Celtic. He won the Scottish Players’ Player of the Year award as they did the domestic treble under Postecogulou last season and has been tipped to follow Postecoglou to Spurs.
The Sunday Mirror reported on June 25th (page 75) that a bid of just £16m could be enough to get him out of Glasgow though it may take nearer to double that given other transfers that have happened since then.
The Australian is now rebuilding the Tottenham team after losing talismanic striker Kane to Bayern Munich last week. Richarlison is expected to play in Kane’s place in the meantime but the north Londoners may want one more forward to strengthen their attack.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, a boyhood Celtic fan, says he can envisage Postecoglou trying to pinch Kyogo from his old club. But having already caused green and white heartbreak by leaving his post as manager this summer, Nevin says the 57-year-old taking the Hoops’ top scorer would spark even more Parkhead pain.
Talking to Sporting Post, Nevin said: “If Kyogo left, it would break Celtic hearts. He just signed a new deal which is good, however if the Premier League comes calling, it will be hard to turn down.
“The obvious place for him to go there would be Spurs. If Harry Kane goes, they will need someone who can link up play and is a natural goalscorer. Ange would have worked with him before, so he will know all about him.
“Kyogo is not the same level as Kane, and he is slighter than him. Kane is world class, while Kyogo would still have to show that in a top league. If you give Kyogo the chance to score goals though, he will score and Ange will know that.
“I would like to keep seeing him in Scotland but I would not be shocked if he went to Spurs.” If Kyogo does remain at Celtic, though, Nevin has tipped him to win the Scottish Premier League Golden Boot for the second successive season.
“It will certainly be him. He does not stop moving and doing the right thing, both on and off the ball,” added the Scot. Kyogo scored 27 goals last season and is already on two goals from two games this term after netting in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat of Aberdeen.
Postecoglou officially began his first season as Spurs boss with a 2-2 draw at Brentford. He said afterwards: “We showed a real resilience that we’re going to need because it’s going to be a challenging year for sure.”