That’s according to Football London‘s Alasdair Gold, who claims that Spurs are expected to make a move for the 21-year-old this summer with his future at Middlesbrough looking incredibly unlikely.
Spence has been an instant hit amongst the Forest faithful this term and has been a major contributor to their push towards promotion, with Steve Cooper’s side one win away from a first Premier League campaign since 1999.
There will certainly be hope that the East Midlands club can lure the Englishman back to the City Ground for next season on a permanent deal and Tottenham’s interest will certainly be a worry.
After Spence’s excellent contribution to Forest’s success this season, to see him leave Middlesbrough for another club will certainly be heartbreaking for Reds supporters, especially if they are to beat Huddersfield Town in next weekend’s play-off final to secure promotion.
The right-back has made 45 appearances for Nottingham Forest this season since joining on loan from Boro in August and has scored three goals as well as contributing to Cooper’s side’s stellar defence that conceded just 40 goals in 46 matches, one fewer than Bournemouth.
It would certainly be a no brainer for the Reds to attempt to lure the Englishman back to the City Ground on a permanent basis this summer, however, the prospect of playing Champions League football at Tottenham will certainly perk Spence’s ears up.
With Emerson Royal having a mixed first season in England and uncertainty surrounding Matt Doherty after the Irishman suffered a medial collateral ligament injury, there is definitely a claim to be made that the 21-year-old would play under Antonio Conte.
Moreover, the £7.2m-rated wing-back, labelled as “swashbuckling” by Ian Wright, has thrived in a system similar to Conte’s at Forest which could see the Englishman settle in quickly in north London despite taking the major step up from Championship football to top four contenders in the Premier League.
It would certainly be a disaster if Nottingham Forest are to be promoted and still miss out on Spence who will have a major call to make over his future this summer.