Alasdair Gold has dropped an update on the future of reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Djed Spence.
In a recent post on Twitter, the football.london journalist revealed that, following a number of reports linking Spurs with a move for the Middlesbrough right-back in the coming months, the 21-year-old is tempted by the prospect of a move to Antonio Conte’s side this summer.
However, in his accompanying report, Gold went on to state that Fabio Paratici faces stern competition for the England U21 international’s signature, with Borussia Dortmund, AS Roma, Newcastle United, Brentford and Nottingham Forest all believed to be keen on a £16m move for the defender.
In his tweet, the journalist said: “The latest on Spurs and Djed Spence as I understand it. The young wing-back is definitely tempted by a move to work with Antonio Conte but Tottenham have some decent competition for his signature.”
Considering his undoubted ability and potential for future growth, in addition to the signing of a new right wing-back reported to be one of Paratici’s primary targets in the summer transfer window, it is easy to see why the Italian is keen on a deal to bring Spence to north London in the coming months.
Indeed, the £7.2m-rated talent proved over his 42 Championship appearances on loan at Forest just how much of an attacking threat he can be from the right of a backline, scoring two goals, providing five assists and creating six big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.0 key passes, taking 0.6 shots and completing 1.8 dribbles per game.
However, the £4.4k-per-week defender also demonstrated his solidity at the back, making an average of 1.5 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, 1.4 clearances and winning 5.8 duels per league fixture in 2021/22.
These returns saw the former Fulham starlet average a quite extraordinary WhoScored match rating of 7.05, ranking him as Steve Cooper’s sixth-best player in the division – playing a pivotal role in Nottingham Forest’s promotion to the Premier League.
As such, it is not difficult to understand why Paratici personally scouted Spence over the course of the season, nor it is hard to see why the Italian is extremely keen on a £16m move for the defender this summer, as the England youth international would not only help to solve Conte’s homegrown player issue in north London, he would be a considerable upgrade on Spurs’ current options at right wing-back – something that leads us to believe the Tottenham faithful with love Gold’s latest update.