According to a report from Il Resto del Carlino (as relayed by Sport Witness), Tottenham Hotspur paid close attention to Takehiro Tomiyasu’s performance against France after the defender recovered from an ankle injury this week.
Tottenham were reportedly confident of hammering out a deal for the 22-year-old a couple of weeks ago, with some sources even claiming that there had been a breakthrough in the Lilywhites’ negotiations with Bologna.
However, the speculation linking the North Londoners with a move for the Japanese international has subsequently died down, with Fabio Paratici thought to be prioritising a move for Atalanta’s Cristian Romero.
The reason that the deal for Tomiyasu may have slowed down could have to do with an ankle injury the defender picked up at the Olympics.
However, the Bologna star made a full recovery and started the game against France, putting in a fine performance to help the Blue Samurai to a 4-0 win.
Il Resto del Carlino have now revealed that Spurs avidly watched the defender in action as the club were ‘awaiting news of his health’.
The report adds that Nuno Espirito Santo’s men ‘have turned up again’ to pursue a deal for Tomiyasu.
Spurs Web Opinion
This report could be seen as confirmation that it was Tomiyasu’s injury that halted progress in negotiations. Now that the 22-year-old has recovered fully, one would not expect it to take too long for the parties to hammer out an agreement.
Have something to tell us about this article?