By Wayne Veysey

29th Mar, 2017 | 2:10pm

Report: Mourinho is huge admirer of Tottenham utility man, Man United think Levy is the problem

By Harry Sykes

Manchester United are plotting a big summer swoop for Tottenham player Eric Dier, according to a report.

The Mail claim the Premier League giants regard utility man Dier as a potential replacement for veteran midfield anchorman Michael Carrick.

It is said that United manager Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of the England international, 23, and that he is one of four targets shortlisted to fill the defensive midfield position next season.

The Mail report that United are aware of the difficulty of attempting to sign any Spurs player given the club’s long-standing chairman Daniel Levy.

The White Hart Lane supremo is regarded as a tough negotiator and, with Dier valued at over £40million, is likely to demand a transfer fee that the Manchester club are unwilling to pay.

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Dier was classified as a defender when he joined Tottenham from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2014.

He was converted into a midfield anchorman by manager Mauricio Pochettino and played a central role in the Spurs team that finished third in the Premier League last season, featuring in all but one of his team’s league games. 

However, the signing of Victor Wanyama last summer has pushed Dier to third in the central midfield pecking order at Tottenham this season, behind the Kenya international and his regular partner Mousa Dembele.

As the Mail point out, Dier is no longer guaranteed a starting spot in midfield has played predominantly as a defender this season, either filling in for first-choice pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, or used as one of three centre-backs in a 3-5-2.

In other Tottenham news, the London giants have won the race to sign a 32-goal striker who has taken the league by storm.

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