The right-back spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan at the City Ground and quickly became a fan favourite.
He made 44 appearances for the Reds and struck up a brilliant partnership with Brennan Johnson.
It became apparent during the January transfer window that Tottenham were very keen on landing Spence.
Fabio Paratici was a regular at Forest games and it was obvious who they were monitoring ahead of the summer.
The Reds won promotion to the Premier League but it was reported that Spence still had his heart set on Tottenham.
They landed their man for £20 million eventually and Forest paid £17 million for Neco Williams from Liverpool.
Will Unwin who covers football in the Midlands for The Guardian has made this pretty stunning claim.
It’s hard to imagine that Cooper would pursue another option when Spence was available to purchase.
In fact, we don’t think it makes much sense at all and it seems pretty obvious that the 22-year-old’s representatives were adamant he was going to Tottenham.
Forest are rock-bottom in the Premier League this season and surely they’d have welcomed the chance to re-sign Spence.
Cooper decided against Spence signing
With that many different reports flying around, it’s hard to know who to believe.
For so long we’ve been led to believe that Spence had his heart set on a move to Tottenham and that does seem likely.
They’re managed by one of the best head coaches in world football and are also in the Champions League.
Spence would have been an incredible signing but he just didn’t seem obtainable for Forest in the summer.
Cooper is an intelligent bloke and it doesn’t seem to make much sense that he’d target Williams over Spence.
Still, this story will spark more angst among the Reds fan base as they grew to love Spence as one of their own last season.