Tottenham closing in on £15m deal for Takehiro Tomiyasu despite still not having a manager

The versatile Japanese defender is set to leave Bologna this summer (Picture: Getty)

Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu in a £15million deal despite still not having a new manager in place, according to reports.

The north Londoners sacked Jose Mourinho in mid-April and have been rejected by a host of coaches including Julian Nagelsmann and Antonio Conte, while they pulled the plug on a deal with Paulo Fonseca at the eleventh hour.

Former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is now the leading candidate for the role after promising talks and Spurs are looking to press ahead with their efforts to strengthen their squad for the new manager.

Spurs may finally have settled on Nuno as the club’s new head coach (Picture: Getty)

Central defence was a big area of concern for Tottenham last season and the club are looking to bolster their back-line, having previously been linked with Lyon’s Joachim Andersen who impressed on loan at Fulham last season.

But the appointment of former Juventus chief Fabio Paratici as managing director of football has seen a new list of targets drawn up and the Italian transfer guru is ready to raid Serie A to solve Spurs’ issues at the back.

According to The Sun, Tottenham have begun talks with Bologna to sign 22-year-old Japan international Tomiyasu and are confident of wrapping up a deal for around £15m.

Although Italian side Atalanta had made a move for Tomiyasu, his preference is to play in the Premier League which has given Spurs the upper hand.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had wanted to have a manager in place before announcing any transfer deals this summer, but The Sun claims the deal for Tomiyasu ‘should happen shortly’ regardless of whether the new man has been installed or not.

The 22-year-old defender has impressed enormously for Bologna (Picture: Getty)

Tomiyasu arrived at Bologna in 2019 from Belgium club Sint-Truiden and has been a consistent and solid performer for the Serie A side, predominantly playing at centre-back and right-back.

The two-footed Japanese defender, who has already amassed 23 caps for his nation despite his tender years, has particularly thrived on the right of a back three – potentially hinting at a change of formation for Spurs.

Tottenham are expected to bring in a second centre-back this summer as they look to reinforce a very leaky backline and have also been linked with an audacious move for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

Tottenham considering Nuno Espirito Santo as new manager having also sounded out former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde

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