Transfer Focus: Tottenham favourites in Silva deal

Premier League runners-up Tottenham are leading the way to land Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva, alongside former champions Leicester City, according to reports from Portuguese newspaper Corrieo da Manha (via Sport Witness).

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are, alongside the Foxes, front-runners in the race to sign Portuguese international Adrien Silva this summer as the north Londoners look to build on two very impressive seasons under the Argentine boss.

The £21.25m-rated midfielder, who came off the bench to play the last half-an-hour for his nation in their Confederations Cup draw with Mexico on Sunday, looks to be nearing an exit and could well be on his way to the Premier League.

Leicester were linked with a move for the 28-year-old last summer, however, Spurs now seem to be making a move having reportedly had a bid rejected for Silva last week.

Dier hint?

It could well be. If the north Londoners, who will play their home games at Wembley Stadium in the coming season as development continues on their new ground, are making a move one a deal for the midfielder, it could suggest they fear the worst over Eric Dier.

The England international has been linked with a move to Manchester United, having lost his regular midfield spot last season thanks to the form of Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele.

If Dier were to stay put in the new season, there would be no real need to add to the midfield, with Harry Winks also offering depth in the position.