Nottingham Forest defender Djed Spence has opened preliminary talks with Tottenham, according to Football Insider.

The 21-year-old has been a revelation for Forest during 2021/22, winning a place in the Championship Team of the Season.

Middlesbrough are keen to sell Spence as they aim to fund their own recruitment drive during the summer transfer window.

They view Isaiah Jones as their main right wing-back option and as a result, they’ll allow Spence to depart in the coming weeks.

Tottenham open Spence talks
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First, there is the small matter of a Championship Play-Off Final.

Once this Sunday’s game is out of the way, Spence’s future will likely become much clearer with several clubs queuing up to sign him.

If the result goes in the way of Forest, they could have a big say on Spence.

They would dearly love to sign him on a permanent deal but with Boro likely to want close to £20 million, Premier League football will be required.

Tottenham will provide stern competition to the Reds.

They defeated Norwich 5-0 on the final day of the campaign to cling onto the final Champions League spot for next season.

Emerson Royal has flattered to deceive during 2021/22 and as a result, Antonio Conte wants a right-sided wing-back added to his squad.

Spence fits the criteria of what he’s looking for and it’s no surprise that they’ve moved quickly to open talks.

Tottenham open talks with Spence and Forest will need to act quickly

Make no bones about it, Forest must keep their eyes on the prize at Wembley this weekend.

If promotion is secured though, the Reds can’t afford to stall and they must attack the transfer market.

The real negative aspect of the play-offs is that three weeks are added to the season; meaning three weeks less to prepare for the 2022/23 campaign.

Spence would surely jump at the chance to join Forest permanently if they win on Sunday.

Tottenham open Spence talks
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One key factor of him signing terms at the City Ground would be that he’d be guaranteed regular football.

That might come at a premium at Tottenham and having spent time on the fringes at Boro, he won’t want that to become a reality again.

Forest will want to claim promotion on Sunday first. If that goes according to plan, Spence discussions must start imminently.

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