Nottingham Forest loan star Djed Spence has explained to The Mirror that he is keen to taste Premier League football next season. Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Leeds are thought to be keen on his services.

The 21-year-old has been remarkable for Forest during 2021/22. He has made 33 appearances for the Reds, scoring three goals and claiming five assists in Steve Cooper’s team.

Next season he looks set to embark on a different challenge altogether. Premier League and Bundesliga clubs are forming a queue for his signature and Middlesbrough want £20 million for their academy product.

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Signing Spence looks like an impossible task from a Forest perspective. Even if Cooper can lead the club into the Premier League, he’ll likely be able to earn a higher salary with a bigger club than the Reds.

The England under-21 man has explained this week that he’s keen to make a top-flight switch. After making his international debut he spoke of his future intentions.

Spence told The Mirror: “I always want to push myself and play with the best players and best team. Of course, it’s an ambition of mine to play in the Premier League.

“I try to stay level-headed. I don’t read too much into it. At the end of the day, I’m just here to enjoy my football. I need to stay focused, have tunnel vision and play well on the pitch.”

“I know my ability, I know what I’m capable of. I’ve just got to keep moving forward and opportunities will always rise up.”

Forest are lucky to have had Spence but they’ll need a contingency plan

Forest have been really fortunate to have Spence in their ranks this season. He’s grown as a player and supporters have worshipped him from day one at the club.

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The future is important though and Forest must plan for life without Spence. Right-backs aren’t in high supply at the City Ground with Richie Laryea and the raw Fin Back the other options.

With that in mind, Cooper must have some plans in place. He will want to ensure his squad is well-stocked next season and a right-back to replace Spence will surely be on the agenda.

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