Journalist reveals what he has heard from Spurs sources about Tomiyasu pursuit 

Takehiro Tomiyasu
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Sky Sports journalist, Michael Bridge has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur would ideally like to sign two central defenders this summer, independent of their pursuit of Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move for Tomiyasu over the last few weeks.

It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Spurs were confident of hammering out a deal for the 22-year-old, with Football Insider even claiming at the time that there had been a breakthrough in the negotiations between Bologna and the North London club.

However, the speculation linking Tottenham with a move for Tomiyasu has died down since, with the North Londoners seemingly prioritising a deal for Atalanta’s Cristian Romero. 

Bridge has now revealed he was informed by someone working at Spurs that the club view Tomiyasu as primarily a right-back option.

The journalist insisted that Tottenham could look to snap up two other centre-backs as well as the Japanese international during this summer’s transfer window.

He told Football Fancast: “I was talking to someone at the club about the mantra, the ideal was at least one [centre-back], but hopefully two and a right-back.

“So, it was interesting when Tomiyasu came out. I enquired about whether he’s included in the centre-backs, and they said no, he was more of a right-back, which is interesting.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Tomiyasu is at his best when playing as a centre-back in a back three. I believe that is primarily the role he would be signed for by Spurs, with his ability to cover at right-back in a back four being a bonus.

What the 22-year-old cannot do is play as a centre-back in a back four, particularly given the physicality of English football.

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