Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier is now giving serious consideration to the prospect of returning to Sporting Lisbon, according to talkSPORT,

If Dier had any faint hopes of potentially turning his Tottenham career around, that seemingly ended against Aston Villa last week when Ange Postecoglou decided to leave the 29-year-old, who was his only fit senior centre-back, on the bench and start Emerson Royal instead.

The only question now appears to be whether the England international would leave in the upcoming transfer window, or see out his contract until next summer.

The Daily Mirror reported last month that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy plans to command a fee for the centre-back in January, with Sporting Lisbon and Roma said to be exploring moves for the player.

Dier was not part of Postecoglou’s squad for Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Manchester City after the boss revealed the England international picked up an injury in training ahead of the trip to the Premier League champions.

Eric Dier

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Dier considering Sporting return

If talkSPORT’s latest update is to be believed, Dier is now ‘seriously considering’ returning to the Portuguese club where he began his career before making the move to Tottenham in 2014.

The outlet does not say whether the centre-back wants to make the switch to Lisbon in January or next summer but it is pointed out that the Spurs star would be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from next month.

The publication also reveals that Tottenham offered Dier to various Premier League clubs in the summer, however ,the defender’s preference was to move abroad.

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I suspect Dier intends to run out his contract and leave on a free transfer next summer as he would then have a lot more clubs to choose from and would be able to land a big pay package.

However, if Postecoglou continues to decide against picking him over the next few weeks, perhaps the 29-year-old would get fed up by his lack of game time and be open to the opportunities that open up in January.

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