By Kevin Phillips

4th Jul, 2021 | 2:13pm

Pundit reveals 'football' concern about Paratici luring Tomisayu to Tottenham

Kevin Phillips wants Tottenham to sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu for footballing reasons rather than for a potential commercial benefit.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest in Spurs’ hunt for the 22-year-old.

On Friday (2nd July), Football Insider revealed Tottenham have offered £15.5million including add-ons for the Japan international.

It is understood Spurs face strong competition from Atalanta but Tomiyasu has his heart set on a switch to North London and a source added that Paratici is a huge admirer.

As a Japanese footballer, there may be some commercial benefits to Spurs signing Tomiyasu as it would raise the club’s profile in the country.

Phillips insists Tottenham must sign the defender for footballing reasons and cited the success of Heung-Min Son.

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“Some of the players you’ve never even heard have come over and do brilliantly,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“Look at Son, he’s an incredible player. I hope Spurs are doing it for the right reasons, not for commercial reasons.

“Clubs have done that over the years and it hasn’t worked. I get it, from a commercial point of view.

“But I’d be more thinking about the football side of it. Looks at Takumi Minamino at Liverpool. That hasn’t gone down well and I hope he didn’t join Liverpool for that reason.

“Let’s hope this transfer is for footballing reasons, and Tomiyasu is incredible.”

Son joined Spurs in 2015 and has so far scored 107 goals in 280 games for the club.

The attacker has a huge profile in his native South Korea and he captains his national side.

In other news, Tottenham have been tipped to beat Everton to international signing.