Tottenham Hotspur are the latest team to register an interest in promising Championship full-back Djed Spence…
That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas, who delivered a fresh update on the situation to Twitter.
“Exclusive: #Tottenham are interested in a deal to sign #Middlesbrough wing-back Djed Spence and could make a move before the deadine #THFC,” he said, before later adding:
“Full story: #Tottenham join #Arsenal and #Leeds in race for Djed Spence, who is impressing on loan at #NottmForest from #Boro.”
The 21-year-old is thought to be valued in the region of £10m, as per the Mirror.
It’s no secret that Spurs boss Antonio Conte is keen to bolster his playing squad with the addition of a new right wing-back and Spence is the latest name to be linked.
Adama Traore is one player heavily mooted with a switch to north London but it would seem as if negotiations over that deal are proving to be a little frustrating as there is no sign of that being completed anytime soon, with Spurs wanting a loan with an obligation to buy rather than £20m upfront.
The promising Nottingham Forest loanee could prove to be an intruging, and cheaper, alternative.
Last time the north Londoners poached a young full-back from the lower leagues was when they snatched Kyle Walker from Sheffield United. Look how that turned out. He’s among the best options in the Premier League, even if he’s now at Man City. Yet still, Spurs managed to get £45m for his signature.
Spence, who has been compared to some big names like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, could well become the Lilywhites’ new Walker.
“You look at one or two or the others now, Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool and Wan-Bissaka at Man United, they are all that type,” he claimed his former Boro boss Neil Warnock. “He has got enormous ability and when you have that ability it’s criminal if you don’t get to the very top.”
Indeed, we witnessed the 21-year-old prove his ability at the highest level during Forest’s shock FA Cup win over arch-rivals earlier this month – a performance that was dubbed as an “incredible display.”
Spence is currently Steve Cooper’s fifth-best performer in the Championship, where he has mixed his defensive capabilities with plenty of attacking attributes – as per WhoScored, he’s averaged 1.8 dribbles, 1.6 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 0.8 key passes per game.
He may not be as experienced as Traore but there’s certainly a young starlet with bags of potential in there and under a manager like Conte, he could really emerge as an exciting attack-minded wing-back in N17.
As such, Spurs could well stumble upon the next Walker, should they seal a bargain move for him this year.