As the week has gone by, the idea that Tottenham could sign Takehiro Tomiyasu has grown considerably.

The Japan international is currently at Bologna and appears to have been targeted by Fabio Paratici to bolster Spurs’ defence.

It appears that Nuno Espirito Santo isn’t against the idea, either, since the Premier League side are continuing their efforts to acquire the defender since his appointment, with more to come next week.

That’s according to Corriere di Bologna, who report that ‘Tottenham’s pressing for Tomiyasu continues’.

Following their first offer of €18m being rejected, ‘the London club will raise the bar next week’, and now, ‘thanks to the OK from the Japanese defender, they seem to have a clear advantage over Atalanta and other English teams’.

Those appear to be West Ham and ‘more mildly’ Manchester United, but it seems that Tottenham and Paratici have done enough to convince Tomiyasu that working under Santo is the right move for him to further his career, regardless of the fact they will only be playing in the Europa Conference League next season.