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Spurs have begun to get active in the transfer market this week, confirming the signing of Sporting's young defender Eric Dier and the sale of Spanish attacking midfielder Iago Falque to Genoa.
The signing of Dier, a versatile English-born defender, seems a shrewd one as many English clubs had been reportedly interested. Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as Tottenham, tried to sign Dier in 2010 before he signed a professional deal in Portugal.
The Guardian produced an excellent profile on Spurs' young new defender.
By all accounts, the England youth-international is calm, composed and strong on the ball. He seems a perfect understudy to Jan Vertonghen. At 20 years old, Dier is at a crucial point in his career. He needs to be playing regularly; his versatility will be key. Comfortable at right-back and capable in midfield, Dier could find himself plugging holes in the squad throughout the season.
The departure of Iago Falque to Genoa seems to be a suitable move for all parties. Joining in 2011, Falque was never able to break into the starting XI. Successful on loan spells in Spain, it seemed that he might get his chance under new boss Mauricio Pochettino but a permanent move to Genoa will see him play regularly and earn Spurs a small payday.
Happily, Falque's exit probably pays for Dier's signing.