Tottenham are set for further talks with Middlesbrough over the signing of Djed Spence who shone at Nottingham Forest last season.
According to Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas, Daniel Levy is driving the deal, with Fabio Paratici working on other deals.
Spence was immense for the Reds last season, helping the club reach the Premier League with a string of fine performances.
His link-up play with Brennan Johnson was a joy to behold at times and he could prove to be a big miss next season.
Spence was thought to be keen on a move to Forest. He stated as much during his post-match interview after the Reds beat Huddersfield at Wembley.
However, the lure of Tottenham has proved too strong. A sizeable salary and the prospect of Champions League football have seen him gain a desire to move to North London.
Forest have started looking towards other targets. It doesn’t seem, however, as though Spence is particularly close to signing for Tottenham just yet.
Talks last week didn’t go well. Boro want £15 million-plus add-ons, with Tottenham’s initial bid thought to be around £10 million.
Spurs are keen still. They want to add more homegrown players to their squad this summer and Spence fits that criteria.
The 21-year-old made 46 appearances during 2021/22 for the Reds and struck up a brilliant rapport with the club’s supporters.
Tottenham to hold further talks regarding Spence and Forest have to move on
The Reds have perhaps not added a right-sided wing-back yet as they’re still holding out hope that Spence might make a u-turn.
He won’t though and surely a compromise between Spurs and Boro is just around the corner.
It will be a sad day when the image pops up on the internet of Spence holding aloft a Spurs shirt and being unveiled as their new recruit.
Forest will get over it though. As a Premier League club, they should have plenty of irons in the fire and they may land someone even better than Spence.
It’s a shame that a deal couldn’t be struck by Forest but ultimately, Steve Cooper and Dane Murphy will feel there is better value for money elsewhere.