Tottenham are in advanced talks with Middlesbrough over Nottingham Forest promotion-winner Djed Spence. Talks have progressed over a £15 million deal and the signing could be confirmed by the weekend.
Forest took Spence on loan last August, with Boro deeming him surplus to requirements. He made 43 appearances for the Reds and helped them win promotion to the Premier League.
Steve Cooper was keen to sign Spence. It was claimed by The Athletic yesterday, however, that Forest were quite relaxed over not re-signing the England under-21 international.
The deal that Tottenham have agreed to isn’t a bad one. They’ve landed Spence for £15 million with a series of add-ons also included by the club in the negotiations.
For Forest, they must now park this and get themselves a new wing-back sorted. Spence was integral to how the Reds played last season and he will certainly take some replacing.
Still, it’s hard to deny the youngster holding a desire to move to Tottenham. They will play Champions League football next season and he will be rubbing shoulders with some of Europe’s best players.
Spurs in talks over Spence and Forest will be glad this saga is nearly over
Forest may have returned for Spence had Tottenham chosen to look elsewhere. Ultimately, the player is getting his wish though and the Reds have to move one.
If anything the club and the supporters will be glad that this one is over. Spence was always unlikely to return to the club, even following promotion to the Premier League.
Spurs have held an interest in Spence for some time. This isn’t something that they’ve considered in haste and the talented wing-back has been in their sights for years.
Now, he will get the chance to play in the Champions League next season. That’s not to be sniffed at and Tottenham will hope he can star for the team next season.
Forest must now find a Spence alternative. Their fan base will hope that whoever comes in is capable of ensuring that the Reds don’t miss seeing the Tottenham-bound star marauding down the right.