Report: Spurs turn attention to 23-year-old after failing to agree Tomiyasu fee

Takehiro Tomiyasu
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Sky Sports have now revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have turned their attention to signing Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina after failing to make progress in their negotiations with Bologna for Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The report explains that Spurs were unable to agree on a fee with Bologna for the Japanese defender, who is thought to be keen on a move to the Lilywhites.

Fabio Paratici is said to be intent on signing a player who can play both as a right-back and a centre-back and has now decided to turn his attentions to Milenkovic instead of the Bologna man.

It is asserted that West Ham United’s pursuit of Milenkovic has now broken down, with the Hammers ultimately not able to strike a deal with Fiorentina for the Serbian international.

This has allegedly allowed Spurs, who are said to be in talks with the defender over a move to N17, to swoop in.

The report also mentions that Wolves are interested in Milenkovic but is said the 23-year-old could prove too expensive for the Midlands club.

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I believe the thinking behind singing a Tomiyasu/Milenkovic type player is to give Nuno the option to switch to a back three if needed, with both players arguably at their best when playing as a right-centre-back in a back three.

However, signing one of the two could potentially be a setback for Tanganga, who has never failed to impress whenever he has had an opportunity, especially against Man City yesterday.

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