Leeds United are lining up a move for Nottingham Forest loan star Djed Spence during the summer transfer window, according to Give Me Sport. The 21-year-old is starring at the City Ground and is thought to be valued at around the £10 million mark by Middlesbrough.
Spence was in the national spotlight once again on Sunday. He put Leicester to the sword with a devasting performance and also put the seal on Forest’s win with a well-taken fourth goal.
Leicester had no answer to Spence’s brilliance. He linked up extremely well with Brennan Johnson on the right-hand side and the duo have been fantastic throughout the campaign.
Now, Spence is wanted by Leeds. The Whites will aim to strengthen their squad during the summer months, with Marcelo Bielsa keen to add new reinforcements to his ranks.
Spence could be perfect for Leeds. His all-action style would make him accustomed to Bielsa’s thinking and he could really shine at Elland Road.
The talented youngster has made 23 appearances for Forest this season. After Sunday’s game, Gary Lineker had some praise for him, claiming he was ‘absolutely brilliant’ on Twitter.
Leeds will face competition. It has been claimed previously that Arsenal, Tottenham, Inter and Roma are all keen on signing the standout performer.
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If the Reds do win promotion they could have a chance of signing Spence. It’s hard to imagine other clubs not swooping though, with more established Premier League outfits likely to be better poised regarding salary.
As a result, Forest must enjoy Spence whilst they can. Even if he does help the club to promotion and then leave, it would still give the club a great chance of adding a suitable and similar replacement.
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Leeds does look a nice fit for Spence. Bielsa enjoys nurturing younger talents and his high energy style of football makes the defender tailor-made for Elland Road.
Forest will hope they can win promotion and throw themselves into the mix. Unless they do, their hopes of signing Spence permanently will be all but over.