By Wayne Veysey

16th Jul, 2021 | 6:45am

Source reveals Tomiyasu 'is joining Tottenham' after breakthrough in talks

Tottenham expect to complete the signing of defender Takehiro Tomiyasu this month after a breakthrough in talks with Bologna, Football Insider understands.

Spurs have discussed the structure of a deal for the defender, 22, and a total agreement for the marquee transfer is close.

An industry source has told Football Insider that Tomiyasu “is joining Tottenham” and all parties involved expect the deal to now go through.

This comes after Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici agreed the terms of a contract with the 23-times Japan international.

Recent discussions have centred over the structure of the fee and bonus payments, with the Londoners offering £15.5million including add-ons for the versatile defender.

This site revealed on 2nd July that Tomiyasu has his “heart set” on a move to Spurs and has made that clear to his inner circle.

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Strengthening in central defence is Spurs’ top priority in this window and they are expected to sign two senior players in that position.

Another leading target is Wolves captain Conor Coady although there is strong competition for his signature from Everton.

The likes of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard are also on Spurs’ target list although no deal is yet agreed for this trio.

Tomiyasu can slot in at centre-back or right-back, and play in an orthodox back four or in a three-man defence.

He has played 63 times for Bologna since joining for a £9million fee from Belgian top-flight side Sint-Truidense in the summer of 2019.

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