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Young Sporting star joins Spurs

Eric Dier, who went to school in the Algarve, has signed a five-year deal at Tottenham after joining from Sporting Lisbon for €5 million.
The 20-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United. The north London side have seen off interest from Newcastle and West Ham to secure a five-year deal for the Englishman as Mauricio Pochettino adds more strength to a back-line that conceded fifty-one times last season.
Dier, speaking to the Spurs website said: “The reason I moved to Portugal was nothing to do with football – it was because of my family. We moved there when I was six, I got picked up by Sporting when I was eight and I went through their youth system, all the way to the first team. It is kind of a strange background and everyone seems surprised by it. But it just happened that way really.
“At the beginning it was hard because I didn’t really speak the language. I was seen as a bit of an outsider. But after I picked up the language when I was 12 or 13, it was really easy. I don’t think they saw me as English – they pretty much saw me like one of their own. I enjoy watching Tottenham play because of their attacking style. I want to adapt quickly to the Premier League and do the best I can.”
The 20-year-old was born in Cheltenham and is the grandson of Ted Croker (former Secretary of the English Football Association) and great nephew of Peter Croker who played for Charlton Athletic.