Tottenham set to deal with Bayern directly after Radu Dragusin snubs transfer | Football | Sport

Bayern Munich are reportedly set to enter negotiations with Tottenham, having recently failed to hijack their deal for Radu Dragusin. The defender is set to join Spurs from Genoa, forcing Bayern to turn their attention to alternative targets, such as Eric Dier.

Ange Postecoglou has made it no secret that he is keen to welcome several new signings this month. The ex-Celtic boss has breathed a new lease of life into the club and there is a growing belief that his side can push for silverware in the short-term.

However, recurring injuries are threatening to derail their campaign and there is an immediate need for further depth in north London. Signing a centre-back was a priority for Tottenham heading into January, with Genoa’s Dragusin identified as a top target.

Spurs were confident that they would be able to acquire the services of the Romania international, though a late hijack attempt from Bayern did throw a spanner into the works. Both clubs had bids accepted by Genoa, leaving Dragusin with the ultimate decision, and he opted to head to the Premier League for a deal worth £21.5million.

Bayern have quickly diverted their attention to alternatives, and Sky Sports Germany report that Spurs defender Dier is now their top defensive target and viewed as their ‘favourite’ option. A verbal agreement is already in place with the England international, with a one-and-a-half-year contract also on the table.

The deal has not been agreed between clubs though, and Tottenham could now have the last laugh in negotiations after Thomas Tuchel’s side threw their transfer window into jeopardy with the Dragusin saga. A fee in the region of £3.4m is expected to be accepted by Spurs for their out-of-favour defender, but that valuation could increase given Bayern’s desperation to sign a centre-back.

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