It appears that with the arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo came a change of plans at Tottenham.

Going after Takehiro Tomiyasu, Spurs looked set to seal the deal with Bologna to bring the Japan international to north London, but the Portuguese manager decided to target someone else.

That’s what the Italian media have been saying, claiming Cristian Romero is now top of his list of demands to bolster the backline, meaning the versatile Japanese defender has now been placed on the back burner.

It was stated on Tuesday that Fabio Paratici wasn’t ready to pay the €25m demanded by Bologna for their star, and that stance continues on Tuesday thanks to Corriere dello Sport.

The newspaper have a large article on the matter, claiming that, as things stand, there is €3m between the requests of Riccardo Bigon and the offer put forward by the Tottenham director of football.

This is slowing down Bologna’s transfer market, as they want to bring in other players, and right now, there is a need to get something done sooner rather than later.

For Tottenham, that means digging a little deeper, because Joey Saputo, the Serie A side’s chairman, has made it clear they will not lower their demands for now.