Nottingham Forest are set to miss out on the signing of Djed Spence this summer. Football London claims that the right-sided wing-back is extremely excited to start working under head coach Antonio Conte ahead of next season.
Losing out on Spence is a real kick in the teeth for Forest. After taking him in when nobody else would, it was anticipated that he might choose to stay at the City Ground, with Forest still keen on signing the 21-year-old.
Yesterday, however, it emerged that the player is keen to join Tottenham this summer. He is a London-born player and he sees the lure of Champions League football – and working with Conte – as something he can’t turn down.
Spence was in fine form for the Reds during 2021/22. He checked in on loan at the City Ground back in August and would go on to make 46 appearances, with his last coming in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Forest felt that promotion would be enough to secure a permanent signing. Ultimately, Spurs have proved too much to turn down and Spence is keen to secure a move to the white half of North London during the transfer window.
Spence excited to play for Conte and who can fault him
Conte is one of the best coaches in world football. He’s meticulous, gets his players firing and plays an attacking style of football – and one that should suit Spence.
The defender will be in safe hands at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. With Emerson Royal likely to leave and Matt Doherty the only other right-sided defensive option, Spence will fancy his chances of regular game time too.
For Forest, the time has come to move on. Spence won’t be checking in on Trenside and that will smart Steve Cooper. Despite that, it seems almost certain that the Reds will have other irons in the fire.
The Reds will have known about Tottenham’s interest for some time. The challenge now is to find a right-back that can come in and make a similar impact to that of Spence when he arrived at Forest.