Nuno Espirito Santo is on the verge of completing his first signing as Tottenham manager – with Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu close to joining, according to The Athletic.

The 22-year-old is currently in Tokyo preparing for the Olympics having been named in the Japan squad, which means he’ll miss the opening few weeks of the Premier League season – with the final taking place just eight days before Spurs kick off their campaign against City.

Tomiyasu has already been capped 22 times for his country, and has racked up 60 Serie A appearances for Bologna since joining from Belgian outfit Sint-Truidense two years back.

The Athletic believe that the two parties are close to finalising a deal, with the fee set to be around £15m for Tomiyasu, who’s primarily a right-back or centre-back, but played at left-back on a couple of occasions for the Italian’s last season.

Spurs conceded 45 times in the Premier League in 2020-2021, but this is Santo’s first step in attempting to improve those numbers ahead of next season.



  1. Just getting a little touchy there Al.
    Just stating facts.
    It always takes Tottenham ages to get deals over the line or not do them at all.
    I believe Spurs will find it as difficult to bring in new players this summer as it was to find a new coach.Wait and see.

    • Why would I be touchy? Just bored with so called Tottenham fans constant slagging off the club on the back of internet rumours and clickbait. Always the same pattern….
      1. Made up rumour emerges
      2. The we hate Levy brigade pile on saying it will never happen.
      3. Deal doesn’t happen (bevause it was made up to begin with)
      4. The same people then come out and say how useless Levy is for somehow blowing a deal that never existed.

      All very dull and very predictable.


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