Nottingham Forest will make a club-record bid for defender Djed Spence, according to 90Min.
The Reds won promotion yesterday after they defeated Huddersfield 1-0 at Wembley.
A Levi Colwill own goal on the stroke of half-time proved decisive with the Terriers unable to breach the Forest rearguard.
Spence has been truly remarkable for the Reds during 2021/22.
He checked in on Trentside from Middlesbrough in August and has become instrumental under Steve Cooper.
His form has been so special that several top clubs are monitoring his services.
Bayern Munich have scouted him, Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is a fan, whilst Brentford made enquiries recently.
Forest could now hold the aces.
Yesterday’s win will change the recruitment landscape considerably, with Evangelos Marinakis vowing to spend money.
It has been claimed that Spence could cost £15 million and that would represent a club-record fee.
The Reds paid £13.2 million for Joao Carvalho in 2018 and that is currently sitting top of that particular chart.
It seems certain that will be eclipsed this summer.
Forest now look prepared to open discussions with Middlesbrough over the permanent signing of Spence.
During the current campaign, he’s scored three times and claimed five assists becoming a firm fan favourite.
Forest to make Spence bid and he’d be welcome addition
The 21-year-old would tick a lot of boxes for the Forest recruitment team.
CEO Dane Murphy is keen to add players with resale value and given his age, Spence would meet that criteria.
The youngster has really taken to life at Forest.
He was running the risk of going on the scrapheap at Boro before the Reds plucked him on loan for the campaign.
Spence has come to the City Ground with a real point to prove and boy has he done that.
Chris Wilder must be rueing Neil Warnock for letting him leave and he could have really utilised him this season.
Now, he will look to offload Spence in order to fund his own recruitment drive as he targets promotion from the Championship next season.
That could be to Forest’s advantage and it seems the Reds will move quickly.