Tottenham ‘gives hands-off message to Jose Mourinho’ amid conversation that he wants to raid his former club for Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as he prepares a shopping list ahead of life at Roma
- Jose Mourinho would like to bring Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Roma
- The three-time Premier League winner could raid ex-club Spurs for the key pair
- A Tottenham insider has reportedly said they would ‘not sell the duo in any way’
- Hojbjerg has only spent one season at Spurs and Dier has hinted at a Mourinho canyon
Jose Mourinho is pointedly rejected as he tries to make Spurs duo Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg two of his first signings at Roma, reports said.
Tottenham fired manager Mourinho last month after a disastrous spell at the helm, and the Portuguese would have little prospect of luring two of his former stars to Serie A when he takes up his new role at the end of this season.
A Spurs insider told us The sun: ‘It is impossible that we would sell one of these players. Of course the new manager has the final say.
Jose Mourinho was fired by Tottenham last month, but is already planning a contract with Roma
Mourinho would like to sign two of his ex-Spurs stars, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Eric Dier (right)
‘But you also can’t see who comes in and wants to let them go. Both are incredibly important members of the team and you don’t see that changing. ‘
Reports in Italy have suggested that Mourinho could move to England’s Dier and defensive midfielder Hojbjerg from Denmark, both of whom were mainstays during his fateful reign.
Dier, 27, has played for Tottenham nearly 300 times since joining Sporting Lisbon for £ 4m in 2014 and has three years left on his current contract.
The Portuguese used Dier as a center-back before falling out of favor before his dismissal
Hojbjerg, 25, signed with Southampton for £ 15m last summer and has been around this season so far.
Rookie boss Ryan Mason will serve as caretaker at the club, and a new permanent manager is expected to be appointed during the closing season.
Dier was deposed by Mourinho for the final months of his tenure, and the defender hinted last week that he felt he had been treated unfairly.
Mourinho, who will work with Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes on a renovation in his favorite 4-2-3-1 formation, sees Dier as an affordable option next to the reliable Hojbjerg.