Last year, Tottenham target Taylor Moore explained why he admires Eric Dier

Lens defender Taylor Moore admitted his admiration for Tottenham star Eric Dier last year.

In August 2015, Lens defender Taylor Moore revealed to the Daily Mail that he admires Tottenham defender Eric Dier. Now, the 18-year-old could join him at White Hart Lane.

Moore, who was born in Walthamstow, had been on the books of West Ham United before moving along with his family to France at the age of just seven, signing up with Etaples and then current club Lens.

The England Under-19 international has now made five first-team appearances for Lens, and his potential appears to have been noticed by Premier League clubs.

The Sun reported this week that Tottenham are keen to land Moore, as are Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, Southampton and his old club West Ham.

Whilst a move to Spurs is some way off, it certainly throws up an interesting comparison to current Tottenham star Eric Dier, given the remarkable similarities between their stories.

Dier was also born in England but moved abroad at the age of seven, heading to Portugal and joining the Sporting Lisbon academy aged eight, starting his career as a centre back - just as Moore has done in France with Lens.

Dier eventually moved back to England to join Tottenham in 2014 - two years older than Moore is now - and has adapted his game to become a defensive midfielder, playing a huge part in Spurs' push towards the Premier League title this season.

With Spurs keen on Moore in a possible £1.5m deal, it's interesting to note that just seven months ago, Moore spoke to the Daily Mail about his career, and picked out Dier as somebody he greatly admires due to the similarities in their situations - before claiming that he may still have things to achieve in France before moving back to England, though Spurs' interest may just change that stance.

"I admire Eric Dier very much, he’s got the exact same story as me," said Moore. "He’s been brought up in Portugal and played his football out there and I admire him for making the leap back over to England and doing as well as he did last season."

"I still feel I’m far from what I could possibly do. Dier moved back at the right time. I think it would be interesting to see what I could still achieve out here in France," he added.

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