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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Man Utd bid for Dier has failed - report

     Manchester United have ended their pursuit of Tottenham's Eric Dier with the north London club unwilling to sell. Jose Mourinho is desperate to secure a new defensive midfielder and had earmarked Dier as his first choice target. The 23-year-old enjoyed a brilliant campaign for Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino playing in both midfield and defence, reports Mirror.

United approached Tottenham regarding a possible deal but Mirror Football understands they have been told he is not for sale at any price. United have given up on Dier as a potential option after Spurs outright rejected all approaches made for the midfielder.

Making approaches for Matic and Dier, both integral defensive midfielders for last year’s top two sides, was never going to be routine, especially with Mourinho being the one interested, and it seems like both targets are categorically off the table.

This will be difficult to swallow for Mourinho. Every Premier League side he has managed contained an immovable, sturdy midfield stalwart capable of stemming the tide and generating impetus from deep, and he will need to remain vigilant over the next couple of months as he continues to search for somebody capable of fulfilling that role.

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