By Paul Robinson

12th Jul, 2021 | 10:02am

Tottenham must follow Tomiyasu signing with new defender deal after 'agreement reached' - Robinson

Paul Robinson claims Tottenham need another centre back even if they sign Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The former Spurs stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists the Japan international is not the world-class defender the club needs.

On 8th July, Football Insider revealed Fabio Paratici is making progress on the Tomiyasu deal with the player having his “heart set” on a move to Spurs.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the player has reached an agreement in principle over personal terms with the club.

But the two clubs are still to agree a price, with Spurs offering £15.5million including add-ons for Tomiyasu but Bologna are holding out for £17.2million.

The defender made 31 Serie A appearances last season and scored two goals.

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Tottenham’s leaky defence was a cause for concern last season and Robinson claims the club need one more defender as well as Tomiyasu.

He’s not the long term answer, by far,” Robinson told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“Is he the world-class centre half they need? Probably not.

“They have clearly identified him as a good player and someone who can be incorporated into the squad.

“But you wouldn’t expect him to start the first game of the Premier League season.

“That’s if he even joins. It needs to be him and someone else.”

Tottenham are yet to complete a first team signing this summer as their priority has been appointing a new manager.

Nuno Espirito Santo has been appointed after an extensive hunt as he looks to improve on Spurs poor 2020-21.

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