Nottingham Forest have confirmed the last-minute arrival of Djed Spence at the City Ground.
In a short statement posted on the Nottingham Forest website, the Reds confirmed the signing of the Middlesbrough right-back on a season-long loan deal, with the 21-year-old’s move to Forest being approved by the EFL following the passing of the transfer deadline at 11pm on Tuesday evening.
Indeed, it was reported that Dane Murphy’s side were scrambling to complete the defender’s deal late on Tuesday, with there believed to be a problem with the paperwork at Forest’s end, however, 18 hours after the transfer window closed, the Championship side finally confirmed the switch had been completed.
The position of right-back had caused Chris Hughton something of a headache over the duration of the summer transfer window, with the 62-year-old manager first informing Carl Jenkinson that he was free to leave the club at the start of the summer, leaving the Reds with only Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel as a viable option in the position.
As a result, Hughton made a move for Arsenal youngster Jordi Osei-Tutu, who, after playing two fixtures for the club at left-back, suffered a hamstring injury, once again leaving the Reds boss with only Lawrence-Gabriel in the position.
So, on deadline day, right-back still appeared to be a position that required further reinforcements for the Garibaldi, who eventually finished the day signing two players capable of operating on the right-hand side of defence – Mohamed Drager and Djed Spence.
However, it is Spence’s signing that will likely have had the Nottingham Forest manager buzzing, as the versatile 21-year-old has proven during his time at Middlesbrough that he is a player who boasts a considerable amount of potential.
Indeed, over his 38 Championship appearances for Neil Warnock’s side last season, the £1.8m-rated defender made an average of 0.7 interceptions, 0.8 tackles, 0.6 clearances and won 3.5 duels per game.
The man Jonathan Woodgate dubbed an “exceptional” player also impressed for his side going forwards, scoring one goal and creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.3 shots and making 0.4 key passes per game.
As such, while these statistics are perhaps not the most breathtaking, the £4.4k-per-week right-back’s addition to Hughton’s options will nevertheless bring greater depth and experience to a position which it desperately lacked prior to his signing – something that will undoubtedly delight the 62-year-old and leave him buzzing.