Tottenham have a deal in place to sign Sporting Lisbon’s England Under-21 defender Eric Dier for £4m, subject to a medical.
But what kind of player are the Lilywhites, 3/1 to finish in the Champions League places in 2014/15, on the verge of acquiring?
Readers won’t have had to dig too deep to find the broad-brush outlines pedalled by the red tops – Dier has come through the Sporting academy that produced the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo.
Here we attempt to add a little flesh to those bones.
He resisted attempts by the Portuguese Football Federation to recruit him for the junior Seleccao and has now represented the England Under-21 side on five occasions.
Since breaking into the full-grown ranks at Estadio Jose Alvalade, Dier has featured a grand total of 46 times across the first team and B team during the last two seasons.
One of the first things to note about the Cheltenham-born 20-year-old is his versatility, with right-back, centre-half and defensive-midfield briefs all within his compass.
An ability to pick out a clever delivery from the right flank has seen him assist five strikes for teammates across the last two campaigns, so there need be little doubt as to his ability to provide sustenance for Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor when covering for Kyle Walker.
However it’s at centre-half where his business at White Hart Lane primarily lies with Mauricio Pochettino hoping he can provide competition for his existing centre-halves.
Praised for his composure on and off the ball, he’ll undoubtedly benefit from working alongside Vlad Chiriches on a regular basis.
Exposure to the dark arts of Portuguese centre-forwards means their Premier League colleagues may seem tame in comparison, with the youngster telling Goal.com:
“In England the forward will jump for the header with you but in Portugal they’ll be niggling around you and trying to keep you on the ground – not even looking at the ball”.
Dier previously spurned the interests of Premier League pursuers Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool at earlier points in his career due to a concern for game-time.
As such it seems certain that he will have been given assurances over his involvement in the coming campaign, so Spurs fans can expect to see plenty of the £4m man.