Milan Skriniar snubs Tottenham move as Takehiro Tomiyasu deal nears completion

Tom Gott
Milan Skriniar is not interested in Tottenham
Milan Skriniar is not interested in Tottenham / Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar has made it clear he is not interested in moving to Tottenham, who have instead pushed ahead with a move to sign Bologna's Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Spurs are on the hunt for a new centre-back this summer and had agreed a deal to sign Sevilla's Jules Kounde for £25m plus Davison Sanchez (side note: that's mental), but the Frenchman rejected the move over Spurs' lack of Champions League football.

Jules Kounde
Spurs had a bid accepted for Kounde / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

With Kounde out of reach, Spurs were expected to move for long-term target Skriniar, but according to Calciomercato, he's equally as hesitant to join the club.

The 26-year-old has made it clear that he will not entertain a move away from Inter this summer and instead hopes to renew his contract, which currently has just two years left to run.

Spurs have been forced to look elsewhere and have settled on Bologna starlet Tomiyasu, and The Athletic note that they are in the final stages of completing a deal for the 22-year-old.

Tomiyasu, who is primarily a centre-back but is comfortable out on the right, is expected to cost at least £15m, with the two clubs also discussing performance-based add-ons to take that closer to the £20m mark.

There are also hopes of adding a second new centre-back this summer. Both Kounde and Skriniar are named as targets, alongside towering Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard.

Of the trio, it's Vestergaard who seems most attainable, and he may not be the only player swapping St Mary's for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as striker Danny Ings is understood to be Nuno Espirito Santo's top target.

Takehiro Tomiyasu
Spurs are close to landing Tomiyasu / Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Nuno is expected to switch between systems this season, hence why someone with Tomiyasu's versatility is coming in, and he hopes to use a two-man strike force with Ings alongside wantaway talisman Harry Kane.

As for departures, Kane's future remains up in air as Spurs are reluctant to do business, but they are prepared to offload Sanchez and Serge Aurier, and Toby Alderweireld is also expected to leave after admitting his desire to do so.