Fabio Paratici was always likely to look to Italy for Tottenham recruits this summer, and that’s already seen Pierluigi Gollini and Cristian Romero move to the London club.

According to Calciomercato, the ex-Juventus chief still ‘wants to shop in Italy’ and his idea would be to support Romero by signing a new defender.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, who operates as a centre-back and right-back, has been identified as the target and the website adds ‘exploratory contacts with Bologna’ have taken place.

Nuno Espírito Santo has given his ‘OK’ to sign the Japan international and a fee of €25m is needed to take him away from Bologna. It’s said the track leading to Tomiyasu needs to be ‘followed with great attention’ in the last days of the transfer market.

Along with the defender, Nahitan Nández is also on Paratic’s notebook and it’s claimed the Premier League club have ‘tested the ground’ with Cagliari for the midfielder.

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So far, no official offer has been formalised, but ‘the approval is there and is confirmed’. The outlet doesn’t provide any details on who has given their ‘approval’.

Nández wants to leave Cagliari and the report adds he is ‘waiting for signs from London’.

Paratici has the Uruguayan and Tomiyasu on his agenda and with Spurs making contacts with the respective clubs, it’ll be interesting to see how the two cases progress in the coming days.