By Noel Whelan

3rd Jul, 2021 | 9:33am

Pundit salutes Paratici as source reveals what Tomiyasu has said about Tottenham move

Noel Whelan has backed Fabio Paratici to strike gold by signing Takehiro Tomiyasu for Tottenham.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Spurs need an overhaul at centre-back this summer.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Tomiyasu has told friends he has his heart set on joining Tottenham this summer.

Tottenham have tabled a £15.5million for the 22-year-old but Bologna are holding out for a £17.2million fee.

The Lilywhites are battling Atalanta for the defender and both clubs remain in talks with Bologna.

However, the Japan international is understood to have told those closest to him he wants to move to the Premier League.

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Whelan insisted Spurs need to improve defensively after a disappointing 2020/21 campaign.

He suggested Paratici’s knowledge of Tomiyasu means he would be an upgrade on the current options.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “This is why you have a technical director.

“Somebody out there, coming from a different country who’s seen these players many, many, times over many seasons.

“It’s somebody that he obviously regards highly. A centre-half he feels could improve and better what he’s already got at Tottenham.

“We know what defensive problems there were last season. They were in and out, chopping and changing, they couldn’t find the right formula at the back.

“That is one position that I really felt they did need to change because they need more pace of the back.

They needed a lot more strength at the back after inconsistent performances from their centre-halves last year.

“Some players haven’t really impressed that much during their time there.”

Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld and Joe Rodon are Spurs’ current centre-back options.

Tomiyasu, who has 23 caps for Japan, can also play at right-back.

In other news, a Tottenham superstar has told Nuno he will stay next season after talks.