Journalist claims Spurs move for £17m-rated defender remains possible

Takehiro Tomiyasu
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Tottenham are said to still have a chance of signing Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu before the transfer deadline, according to Mike McGrath of The Telegraph.

Tomiyasu has been linked with a move to North London for a number of weeks now, and has been seen as a top target for Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici. 

One of the Japanese international’s main traits is his ability to play as a full-back and centre half in a defensive two or three.

Spurs have added one defensive reinforcement this summer in Cristian Romero, but are reportedly keen to build on that ahead of the deadline. However, Alasdair Gold reported recently that Tottenham need to sell a defender before they can buy another.

McGrath claims there is still a possibility for Spurs to complete a deal for Bologna’s Tomiyasu, despite talks slowing in recent weeks.

The Telegraph reporter revealed the two clubs had been in communication, but a disagreement between the structure of what would be a £17 million payment slowed the developments. 

Spurs had reportedly initiated contact with Bologna over a move for Tomiyasu previously but elected to wait until he had completed his Olympics stint with Japan to resume talks.

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Paratici has scanned down a long list of defensive reinforcements this summer, and Tomiyasu has been fairly prominent according to previous reports.

He has been a target for Spurs all summer but, as expected, the structure of the deal is the stumbling block for both sides.

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