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Report: Southampton briefly looked at Spurs target Takehiro Tomiyasu

Southampton briefly considered a move for Spurs target Takehiro Tomiyasu earlier in the summer, according to a report from The Athletic.

Tomiyasu has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in this window.

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As well as Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham have also been mooted as admirers of the Japan international.

It was previously reported that personal terms with Spurs had been agreed. And more recently, it was suggested that discussions over a £17 million switch to the London Stadium were down to the last obstacle.

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But it seems that there was another contender in the race – albeit briefly.

According to The Athletic, the Saints considered Tomiyasu for a short time.

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It is not clear why Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men seem to have moved on from the 22-year-old. It may perhaps have something to do with another deal that they did this summer.

Tino Livramento arrived from Chelsea. And, surprisingly, he started ahead of Kyle Walker-Peters on the opening day at Everton.

Tomiyasu is capable of playing at right-back and centre-back. But it would seem that Hasenhuttl is happy with his options in the wider position.

And of course, Tomiyasu may have had reservations. If he has agreed personal terms with Tottenham, a move to St Mary’s may not appeal.

Who else are Southampton considering amid Tomiyasu links?

The Athletic suggests that Nat Phillips, Tosin Adarabioyo and Gary Cahill could be on the radar.

Cahill is a Premier League winner with vast levels of experience. He is also a free agent. And Phillips’s stock rose sharply towards the end of last season when he shone for Liverpool.

Tosin meanwhile, did manage to impress with Fulham. The former Manchester City starlet was one who could hold his head high, despite relegation.

Southampton definitely need a defender in before the deadline passes.

It seems that Tomiyasu is not going to be that player, as things stand. But they do have options.

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