According to a Tottenham Hotspur source, speaking to Football Insider, the Lilywhites are submitting a ‘fresh offer’ to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Lowdown: Spurs in month-long talks…
Tottenham have been in talks over a deal for Tomiyasu since the start of last month, with Sky Sports revealing that they had a bid of £12.9m (€15m), plus an extra £2.6m (€3m) in add-ons, rejected.
Two weeks later, the Athletic came out with a positive development that Spurs were ‘closing in’ on Tomiyasu’s signing and finalising terms on a fee believed to be around £15 million, plus add-ons.
Since then, updates have been scarce, but reliable reporter Alasdair Gold believes his signing ‘will happen’ going by what he’s heard from the Japan international’s side (football.london Q&A).
The Latest: Spurs submitting fresh Tomiyasu offer…
As per Football Insider, a Tottenham source has revealed that the Lilywhites are now submitting a fresh bid to sign the 22-year-old this summer.
They say that Spurs ‘called a halt’ on their pursuit of Tomiyasu while he was at the Olympic games with Japan but are in fact still interested with a new offer at the ready.
Indeed, Fabio Paratici very much still wants the versatile defender at Spurs and is tabling a £17 million bid for his services.
Tottenham are hopeful this amount will be enough to finally get Tomiyasu over the line.
The Verdict: Get it done…
The 6 foot 2 colossus can play both at centre-back and right-back, so for just £17m, Spurs could solve two problems in one swoop.
At 22 years of age, Tomiyasu also has plenty of time ahead of him, meaning Tottenham could stand to even earn profit in terms of sell-on-value if he keeps performing at a high level.
Lauded as a ‘giant’ player by Italian media for his Bologna performances last term, he made the joint-most clearances per 90 out of their whole squad (3.3) and third-most successful aerial duels on average (WhoScored).
There’s certainly little debating he would be a shrewd addition for Nuno Espirito Santo.
In other news: Tottenham set sights on signing yet another defender, he is ready for move away…find out more here.
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