Djed Spence was tied to a new contract with Middlesbrough prior to signing for Nottingham Forest on loan in August. According to Gazette Live, the player’s Riverside Stadium deal actually runs until 2024 and not 2023 as anticipated.
This is unlikely to make much difference to Forest. With Arsenal, Tottenham, Leeds, Roma and Inter all vying for his signature, Middlesbrough are likely to be fielding calls from far bigger clubs than the Reds.
It does offer a boost for Steve Gibson though. Clubs can forget signing Spence on the cheap in the summer and the previous valuation of £10 million could now skyrocket in the coming months.
The 21-year-old has been a revelation at Forest. He’s made 23 appearances and it’s no exaggeration to say that he’s not had a bad game since arriving at the City Ground.
He has helped the Reds to the fifth round of the FA Cup; scoring his second Forest goal during Sunday’s sensational 4-1 win over reigning champions Leicester City.
Spence was an intriguing loan signing. Many supporters originally felt that Forest didn’t need a new right-back; although some noted that his contract situation might lead to a permanent deal.
That now looks to be off the table. His performances have alerted several top clubs both in England and overseas and winning promotion might not even be enough for Forest to keep Spence.
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This new revelation is massive for Boro. They too are in promotion contention and given his Forest form, he could earn a shot under Chris Wilder next season.
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Forest will of course be powerless with this situation. This is the risk that is run when loan players are added and the Reds signed Richie Laryea in January; possibly with next season in mind.
It now seems unfathomable that Middlesbrough will accept £10 million for Spence. If his Forest form continues, they could demand more than double that amount in the summer.