Manchester United ponder fresh Eric Dier bid after Matic hopes recede

• José Mourinho considers bid of around £50m for Tottenham midfielder
• Chelsea unlikely to allow Nemanja Matic deal if Romelu Lukaku joins United

Manchester United are ready to test Tottenham Hotspur’s resolve over Eric Dier by making a renewed effort to sign him. They have had one bid turned down and with Spurs adamant the 23-year-old defensive midfielder is not for sale, it appeared José Mourinho had moved on to other targets, including Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.

But with United poised to sign the Everton striker Romelu Lukaku from under Chelsea’s noses for about £75m, it is unlikely they would sanction Matic’s move to Old Trafford. As a result United are considering a further push for Dier, who has always been Mourinho’s No1 target in the position, and a bid of about £50m may change Spurs’ thinking.

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