With the January transfer window right around the corner, clubs, such as AS Roma, are looking around for some easy deals to pull off, targeting players such as Tottenham’s Eric Dier, who hasn’t played that much this season.

When he has, it’s been more out of necessity than anything else, as Ange Postecoglou has had to deal with injuries and suspensions at Spurs, leaving him a bit short at the back.

That’s why the Tottenham player has played a bit of late, but with a contract expiring in June of next year, he is also a prime target for a January deal, as pointed out by Gazzetta dello Sport, relayed by Forza Roma.

The Serie A side need some help in defence, with Chris Smelling still injured and Evan Ndicka set to leave for the Africa Cup of Nations in January, which is why Dier is being looked at.

He’s one of many options, but what potentially plays in his, and Tottenham’s favour, is his contract situation.

Because of the restrictions imposed on them by FFP, AS Roma will move by trying to acquire a centre-back ‘on loan (perhaps paid) with an option to buy’.

For Dier, that wouldn’t make a lot of sense, but what could work is a cheap full transfer in January, all depending on what Daniel Levy asks for.

If the Tottenham chairman does his usual trick of asking for too much, he could end up losing out on money altogether, as the England international could leave on a free.

Therefore, it could be in Levy’s best interests to sit down with Roma and strike a deal, helping out an old acquaintance in José Mourinho in the process.