Eric Dier
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Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal to sign Eric Dier from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Sporting Lisbon for the transfer of Eric Dier, subject to the player passing a medical," Tottenham announced on their official site.

Dier was born in Cheltenham but moved to Portugal at the age of ten. This is where he was noticed by scouts and picked up by Sporting, where he rose through the youth set-up to make it to the first team last season.

The 20-year-old defender has played in England before after having spent the second half of the 2011 season on-loan with Everton, but he failed to make an impact in England and returned to Portugal.

However, the England youth international has finally fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing in the English Premier League, as Mauricio Pochettino is keen for him to provide cover and push current centre-backs Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul.

"Ultimately, I want to test myself against the best and the Premier League is where I dream about playing," Dier had said, as quoted by the Guardian.

It is reported that the north London club are paying Sporting a fee in the region of £4m to bring the defender to White Hart Lane.

Meanwhile, Spurs have also tied down left-back Danny Rose to a new five-year contract. The young English defender was signed from Leeds in 2007 and has gone on to make 59 appearances since he broke in to the first team following a successful loan spell at Sunderland during the 2012-13 season.

"I'm over the moon to sign my new contract. I'm glad it's been sorted and now I can focus on the start of the season," Rose told Tottenham's official site.

"Working under Mauricio has been brilliant. It's been a hard couple of weeks, but we've just got back from North America where we went through our first three games unbeaten, so we're all happy and everyone has a good understanding of what the manager wants to implement," the Spurs defender added.