While it's important that he doesn't forget how important Tottenham have been for his career in that Mauricio Pochettino has improved him considerably while the opportunity to play regularly has seen him become an important part of the England squad too, it has to be weighed up with the positives of making the move to join a European giant now.
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Each team can protect up to 11 players from the Golden Knights, which were detailed in the lists submitted to the league Saturday. Only seven forwards , three defenseman and a goaltender (or eight skaters of any position and a goaltender ) can be protected.
Tottenham do already have possibly the best centre back pairing in the Premier League in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, but Smalling could be outstanding cover for Spurs or even start in a back three, giving Pochettino strong depth at the back - but he certainly won't want to give up Dier in order to land Smalling, with Burnley's Michael Keane and Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson also believed to be alternatives for Spurs.
Mourinho is also ready to offer Dier the chance to establish himself as a holding midfielder at Old Trafford so the lure of playing in his preferred position will be a tempting prospect for him. He signed a new deal in September that took him to around £70,000-a-week and could probably expect another new extended contract later this year were he to stay.
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The Telegraph report that the price tag slapped on the 23-year-old by Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is higher than the Red Devils wish to spend on the flexible Dier, who can play in a number of roles across midfield or at the back.
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