Spurs are now reportedly in the lead to sign Bologna defender and Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Sky Sports Italia journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted that ‘Spurs are leading’ in the chase for the 22-year-old centre-back.
The north London side have been heavily linked with the Serie A centre-back this summer.
And now Spurs look like the favourites to complete a deal this window for Tomiyasu. The youngster will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as well.
As per Fabrizio Romano, Atalanta are also keen on Tomiyasu. However, Tottenham are in control of the race to sign the youngster.
The Italian journalist also states that Arsenal are not in the chase to sign the Japanese star despite prior reports suggesting otherwise.
Tottenham are keen to improve on their defence ahead of next season. With new manager Nuno Espirito Santo identifying Tomiyasu as a player who can slot into the Spurs backline when the new campaign kicks off in August.
Tomiyasu can also play at right-back. A scout report from Serie A Analysis suggests that the Japanese international is ‘physically imposing’ playing as a fullback.
The youngster is also athletic enough to run the channels with speed and power despite his imposing frame.
Tomiyasu has also won praise for his ability to push the ball forward from the wing and to build play out from defence and into the attack.
With Serge Aurier likely to leave Tottenham this summer and the future of Matt Doherty up in the air, there is a chance that Spurs could use Tomiyasu as a right-back ahead of next season.