Tottenham are ready to offload Eric Dier this summer if they cannot reach agreement with him over a new contract, Football Insider understands.
The England midfield anchorman, 26, has less than 18 months remaining on his deal and is no longer a regular starter.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club are ready to discuss an extension for Dier but he would not be in for a significant pay rise.
That could be enough for the versatile international to seek a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Tottenham, for their part, are unwilling for Dier to enter the last 12 months of his contract and want to avoid a repeat of the draining Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld sagas.
Dier was once a mainstay of the starting XI for club and country, including for most of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign.
But a combination of injuries, illness and mixed form has seen a reduction in his status.
Dier is a favourite of Jose Mourinho, who tried to sign him when he was Man United manager and installed him straight back into the line-up when he took over at Tottenham in November.
The long-standing Spur started five of the first six Premier League matches overseen by the Portugese, but has failed to make the XI for the last seven fixtures in the competition.
Dier has made 229 appearances for the Londoners since signing in 2014 from Sporting Lisbon.
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