The Athletic has claimed that Djed Spence wants to join Tottenham this summer and that will leave Nottingham Forest gutted.
Shortly after promotion, it was claimed that Dane Murphy was keen to do deals on all of Forest’s loan players – including Spence.
Tottenham’s interest has been long-standing though and clearly, a return to London is something of a dream move for the right-back.
Under Antonio Conte, Spurs qualified for the Champions League last season and who can blame Spence for wanting to join that party.
It’s a shame that the 21-year-old doesn’t see his future being at Forest. He played over 40 times for the Reds last season and was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League.
The youngster came to Forest looking to gain some confidence. He had fallen way down the pecking order under Neil Warnock at Middlesbrough and he was delighted to join the Reds.
He quickly became an integral part of the team. When Steve Cooper arrived he was given a license to maraude forward and that suited his attacking qualities down to the ground.
It was claimed over the weekend that Forest had all but agreed on a fee with Middlesbrough for Spence. Now, however, the player favours a move to Tottenham instead.
Spence wants Tottenham move and now Forest have to move on
Football can be a very fickle industry. Just over a fortnight after claiming he’d like to be back at the City Ground next season, Spence now looks tempted by the bright lights of the Champions League.
Now, the Reds have to move on. It’s hard to begrudge Spence a desire to join Tottenham but ultimately that doesn’t make his public expression any less frustrating.
Forest took a chance on the defender when his confidence was on the floor. The club gave him a platform to go and play over 40 games and start enjoying his football once again.
At this time of the year, there appears to be lots of speculation. Spence now looks to have placed his cards on the table and Forest must pursue their other defensive options instead.