Tottenham have opened talks to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Spurs’ new football general manager Fabio Paratici has approached the Serie A club about a potential deal for the Japan international.
Bologna is said to want at least £ 17million (€ 20million) for Tomiyasu, who is as comfortable at center-back as he is at right-back – two priority positions Spurs have without a manager want to strengthen this summer.
The future of right-back Serge Aurier is uncertain, with the Ivorian international looking to leave, as he has sought to strengthen himself as a center-back since last summer despite the signing of Joe Rodon.
Sky Sports News has previously signaled the club’s interest in Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey and Norwich’s Max Aarons as right-back.
At center-back they like Joachim Andersen, after his impressive loan spell at Fulham last season, and Southampton’s Jannick Vestergaard, along with several others.
Tomiyasu, meanwhile, played almost an equal number of games at right-back and center-back last season, but was arguably more impressive at full-back, with the 22-year-old scoring twice against Atalanta and Udinese.
He also has 23 caps and a goal for Japan, while his contract with Bologna currently runs until 2024.