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Southampton linked with Djed Spence

Southampton are being linked with a move for Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, and the youngster could be a great addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

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According to Football League World, the Saints and Leicester City are both interested in signing the 21-year-old, who has established himself as a regular at the Riverside Stadium in recent seasons.

Would Spence be a good signing for Southampton?

Whilst Southampton have already brought in fellow right-back Tino Livramento so far this summer, the 18-year-old showed in Sunday’s draw with Manchester United that he is capable of playing further forward, so perhaps Hasenhuttl is in the market for a right-back to compete with Kyle Walker-Peters.

Despite being so young, Spence has already made 70 first team appearances for Middlesbrough, in which he has contributed two goals.

He seems to be a hugely versatile player, featuring in a number of positions across the defence and down the right-hand side in his career thus far, which immediately highlights him as the sort of player Hasenhuttl would love to have in his squad.

He certainly fits the profile of Southampton signings, as he is under 24, versatile and currently valued at just £1.8m by Transfermarkt, so could be an affordable option for Martin Semmens this summer.

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock was full of praise for Spence last season, saying: “If you look at one or two of the full-backs that are around now – the lad at Liverpool, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and the lad at Manchester United from Palace (Aaron Wan-Bissaka) – they are all the same type as Djed.

“He does have enormous ability, and when you’ve got ability like that it’s criminal if you don’t get to the very top.”

Therefore, Spence could be a great signing for the future at Southampton, and Semmens should definitely look at bringing him to St Mary’s.

In other news… 16 recoveries, 15 duels won: Ralph will be buzzing with “hugely impressive” Saints gem

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