Nottingham Forest are now about to embark on one of their most important transfer windows in decades as they have been promoted back into the Premier League, and there has been a new claim made on the future of one particular target.
According to The Express journalist Ryan Taylor, there could be a “strange” transfer twist this summer if Tottenham Hotspur manage to secure the signing of Djed Spence over Nottingham Forest.
When asked if Spurs could loan Spence back to Forest next season, Taylor told GIVEMESPORT;
“I could see that happening, but the only thing I’d sort of say on that is given Royal, although he’s improved a lot recently, and Doherty, haven’t nailed down that right wing-back spot, it would be slightly strange to sign a player that could compete with them to then offload them.”
Nottingham Forest are reportedly keen to make the permanent signing of their Championship loanee this summer, so if the club were to concede defeat by loaning him back instead of signing the player it could divide supporters.
The fans of the club will likely want to see a team built for the future that can maintain their Premier League status to become a top-flight club for years to come, so loaning the player instead of securing permanent contracts could put Forest at risk if the full-back was recalled by Spurs should he sign for them this summer.
However, some supporters may feel that acquiring players in the short term who understand the system and work well under Cooper should be retained at any cost in their first season back, whether that runs the risk of losing them mid-season or not.
Either way, the 21-year-old has been a standout performer in Nottingham Forest’s Championship campaign and play-off challenges to gain promotion back into the Premier League for the first time in 23 years.
The defender has scored two goals, delivered four assists and created six big chances during an impressive term with Forest.
He’s also made 1.4 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 1 key pass on average per game, winning the majority of his duels and proving successful in the majority of his dribbles too, so it’s no wonder that Cooper is keen to keep him on for the next chapter at the club.
Ultimately, the decision on Spence’s future is out of the hands of the newly-promoted side and they will have to wait and hope that the player wants to be part of the project and the future at Forest, whether that is by penning a permanent deal or returning to The City Ground on loan next season.