Leicester City have already added four new signings to their first team squad this summer but Brendan Rodgers is still on the hunt for further additions, according to reports.
The Foxes secured the signature of former Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard last week following Wesley Fofana’s horrific injury, but more defensive reinforcements could be on their way to the King Power Stadium.
“I think, from what I’m told, they might still look to add one more defensive player. They’re looking at Takehiro Tomiyasu, who was the Japanese defender who has been heavily linked with Tottenham as well,” Crook revealed.
“So I think if Brendan can get one more player in before the transfer window closes, that’s where he would like to do a bit more business.”
With former club captain Wes Morgan retiring over the summer and Fofana expected to be on the treatment table for at least six months, Rodgers may feel that he’s still light on numbers in central defence despite Vestergaard’s arrival.
The addition of Thursday night fixtures in the Europa League to an already packed schedule will mean that Leicester need significant strength in depth to be able to fight on multiple fronts, and Tomiyasu may be the ideal acquisition for the Midlands outfit.
Equally comfortable at either centre-back or right-back, the Japan international has showcased the versatility and tactical intelligence to slot into Rodgers’ setup with ease.
The Northern Irishman flipped between a back four and a back five last season, something that Tomiyasu’s flexibility would make even easier should he arrive on English shores in the current window.
He has established himself as one of Serie A’s most promising young defenders since arriving from Belgium outfit Sint-Truidense two years ago, making 63 appearances for Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side in all competitions.
As per WhoScored, Tomiyasu recorded an average of 1.5 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 0.6 blocks per league game last term, placing him in the top three players at his club who featured regularly.
Therefore, Leicester supporters will surely be buzzing to hear that the club’s hierarchy are still keen to bring in the 22-year-old, providing Rodgers with the tools that he needs to finally break into the top four.