Nottingham Forest loan star Djed Spence is now expected to sign for either Arsenal or Tottenham during the summer transfer window. According to the Sunday Mirror (03/04; page 71), the Premier League duo have stolen a march on any other potential suitors.

Spence was once again in fine form on Saturday as Forest thrashed Blackpool 4-1 at Bloomfield Road. The 21-year-old has now made 34 appearances for the Reds since checking in from Middlesbrough back in August.

His performances at the City Ground have seen him linked with some huge clubs. Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have all been linked with his signature since the turn of the year.

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Spence looks destined for a big move in the summer and North London looks a likely destination. It was claimed last week that Boro will be looking to recoup around £15 million for their academy prospect when the transfer window opens.

Forest will need to make sure they have a contingency plan for when Spence departs. Richie Laryea was added during the January transfer window and he could be viewed as the long-term replacement for the youngster.

Spence will get a huge move after Forest stint

It’s a real testament to the right-back that he looks destined for stardom. Coming on loan to a club in the same division, Spence would have been forgiven for sulking but instead, he’s been part of everything brilliant about Forest this season.

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The Reds performer has warmed himself to supporters with a series of excellent displays. He does seem more accustomed to playing as a wing-back and perhaps that will play a part in his decision of where to go next.

Spence has been one of the club’s best-ever loan additions. He is good at both ends of the pitch and with eight-goal contributions this season; Forest will need to make sure that he’s replaced adequately during the summer.

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