Nottingham Forest are in advanced talks to sign Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, according to James Olley from ESPN. The Reds are frantically trying to get a deal over the line ahead of the deadline later this evening.
It’s been a frustrating day for Forest, although two players have been added. Mohamed Drager has arrived from Olympiacos, whilst Braian Ojeda has checked in from Paraguayan outfit Olimpia.
Spence is a highly-rated defender. At 21 he has 70 appearances to his name at the Riverside Stadium. He has started twice for Neil Warnock during 2021/22 but could now be on his way.
Back in July 2020, Spence was linked with a move to Tottenham. A move at one stage looked likely, although Premier League clubs pulled out of the race to sign him.
Interestingly, although Spence came through the ranks as a defender, Warnock has utilised him on the right-wing this season.
At 21 he is deemed a bright talent and he certainly fits the profile of what new CEO Dane Murphy is looking for when it comes to recruiting players.
Time is running out though. Talks are progressing well over a season-long loan. The only discussion which remains unresolved is whether or not there will be an option to buy.
Spence could lift Forest spirits
People will look at this and presume Forest are landing another right-back. Having landed Drager earlier today, it seems as though Chris Hughton would utilise Spence as a winger.
The youngster has bags of potential and ultimately he’d have sell-on value in abundance. That makes him a decent addition and this will be one Forest hope to get over the line.
With the clock ticking, the Reds will hope to complete the formalities and announce Spence as a new recruit later this evening.