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Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement in principle with Bologna over the transfer of Takehiro Tomiyasu, according to Calciomercato.it.

What’s the story?

Italian news outlet Calciomercato.it are reporting this evening (6:23pm UK time) that Tottenham are close to signing Tomiyasu from Bologna in the summer transfer window.

Spurs will pay the Serie A outfit €20 million in transfer fees (£17.07m) excluding bonuses for the Japan international defender.

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An agreement in principle has been reached between the two clubs.

Tomiyasu, who can play as a central defender or as a right-back, will join Spurs after he has finished playing for Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

However, there is one problem.

Tottenham and Bologna have yet to reach an agreement on payment terms.

Atalanta are still in the background, but Spurs have agreed personal terms with the 22-year-old for a while and are confident of securing his services.

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Tottenham transfer happening?

This latest Italian report suggests that Spurs are on the verge of signing Tomiyasu.

It was The Sun that first reported Tottenham’s interest in the defender on June 26.

It was reported at the time that Spurs were confident of getting a deal done for the 22-year-old.

It now seems that a transfer is going to happen.

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