Nottingham Forest have fended off competition from at least two Premier League clubs to sign Middlesbrough gem Djed Spence. The 21-year-old has signed terms at the City Ground and arrives on a season-long long.
The Reds submitted the paperwork to get this deal done late last night. It was forwarded to the FA prior to the deadline though and the versatile performer has now been announced.
Boro received a flurry of called regarding Spence ahead of the transfer deadline. Leicester and Southampton were two of the names mentioned by the Northern Echo as interested parties.
The Boro academy graduate has played in three of Neil Warnock’s teams this season. For whatever reason, he isn’t part of the boss’ plans and the club have loaned him out.
Interestingly Spence hasn’t been utilised as a right-back recently. He’s been playing on the right-hand side of midfield and he does have the skill-set to perform higher up the pitch.
Jonathan Woodgate is a big fan of Spence’s. During his time in charge of Boro, he called the youngster ‘exceptional’, making him an integral part of his team at the Riverside Stadium.
In total, Spence has made 70 appearances for Boro and his Championship experience will surely make him a decent addition to the squad.
Why have Forest added Spence?
It’s certainly a question that has been on the lips of plenty of supporters. Although Jordan Gabriel departed yesterday, Forest added Mohamed Dramer and they also have Jordi Osei-Tutu who is naturally a right-back.
The interesting thing about this deal is that there doesn’t seem to be an option to buy. He is also thought to have signed a new contract with Boro which doesn’t make much sense.
This does look like a needs must transfer window though and Forest clearly think Spence can do a job. With Osei-Tutu capable of playing on the left, perhaps Spence will compete with Drager for the right-back berth.
Alternatively, Hughton could utilise him further forward. Regardless, the Forest squad now looks well-stocked and the team must push on and start getting results.