Report: Tottenham’s January plans have changed after recent development

Football Insider have claimed that following the injury to Micky van de Ven, Ange Postecoglou has decided that he would only give the green light for Eric Dier to be sold after another centre-back arrives through the door in January.

While Van de Ven reportedly does not require surgery on his hamstring tear, the Dutchman is still expected to be out of action until January (The Telegraph).

That means that Postecoglou would have to rely on Dier, who is the only other senior centre-back at his disposal if the Australian does not want to turn to the Under-21 players.

There has been plenty of speculation over the England international’s future recently, with The Mirror reporting last week that Daniel Levy would look to get a fee for the 29-year-old in January rather than allowing him to run his contract down and leave as a free agent next summer.

The outlet added that the likes of AS Roma and Sporting Lisbon are ready to make a move for the experienced defender when the transfer window opens mid-season.

Micky van de Ven
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Van de Ven injury may force Spurs to sign defender

However, if Football Insider’s latest update is to be believed, there has been a change of plan at Spurs after Van de Ven picked up an injury.

It is explained that while the Lilywhites are still willing to sell Dier in January, they first want to bring a defender through the door before allowing him to leave.

This is because Posteocoglou does not want to leave himself short of options even for a brief period in case there is another injury to one of his starting centre-backs.

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Even if Van de Ven had not picked up an injury, I do not think Tottenham would have allowed Dier to leave without signing another centre-back.

In fact, Spurs arguably need to sign two central defenders if the England international leaves in January, unless Ange feels that one of Alfie Dorrington or Ashley Phillips is ready to step in if required.

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