Djed Spence is set to stun Middlesbrough and inform the club that he wants to stay at Nottingham Forest for the 2021/22 campaign.
According to The Telegraph, the right-back will let Boro know that he’s very keen to see the season out at the City Ground.
Ahead of taking the job, Chris Wilder was spotted at the City Ground and was thought to be running the rule over Spence.
Since then speculation has stated that it’s nailed on that the 21-year-old will be returning to Middlesbrough in January.
Now, that might not be quite so clean-cut; with the player holding a desire to finish what he’s started with Steve Cooper’s Reds.
Spence has been a revelation since arriving at Forest.
He was a late loan signing, with Forest submitting a deal sheet on deadline day and then receiving confirmation the day after the window closed.
The product of the Boro youth academy has played 16 times for the Reds, scoring once and registering one assist.
He is clearly enjoying his football at the City Ground having fallen out of favour under Neil Warnock at Boro.
The report claims that Forest are very hopeful of keeping Spence beyond the January transfer window.
There will be a discussion to have with his parent club and loan deals can be pretty complex in this day and age.
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Like Forest, Wilder will have a desire to take his team into the top-six before the end of the season.
He will want his squad to be as strong as possible post-January. As a result, it’s no surprise to see him linked with a recall.
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Despite that, Wilder would be wise to leave him at Forest though, especially if the player himself wants to stay.
Boro won’t want an unhappy player in their ranks and the new boss has got a tune out of the players he’s got at his disposal.
With that in mind, recalling him doesn’t make a deal of sense at this stage.
That could be great news for Forest.