Surprise Premier League suitor plotting £15m raid for Arsenal, Tottenham target

Nottingham Forest, Djed Spence

Brentford are reportedly plotting an ambitious £15 million bid for Middlesbrough defender and Arsenal and Tottenham target, Djed Spence.

Currently on-loan with Nottingham Forest, Spence has set the Championship alight with his performances this season. The 21-year-old has already been linked to the Premier League, with both Tottenham and Arsenal interested. But now, Brentford are reportedly hoping to compete with the big guns and secure the wing-back for themselves.

According to The Sun, Brentford are ‘deadly serious’ about pulling off a coup to sign Spence this summer.

Brentford believe that the London-born star would suit their playing style perfectly and are prepared to splash the cash.

Having played 35 matches for Forest this season, Spence has played a huge role in their pursuit of Premier League football.

Currently fourth in the table, Steve Cooper’s men are likely to be competing inside the play-offs for a top flight spot next month.

And if promotion is achieved, Forest will no doubt also be interested in keeping hold of Spence for their Premier League campaign.

Spurs and Arsenal both want Djed Spence

Middlesbrough have set their asking price of £20 million for Djed Spence, with both Spurs and Arsenal interested.

While an exact fee has not been given, it is believed that Boro are prepared to sell in summer to whoever is the highest bidder.

With Brentford reportedly prepared to spend £15 million, it will then be up to the other clubs to compete with that offer.

Djed Spence talks about Premier League ambition

Spence has spoken about his ambitions to play top flight football in the past.

Despite his young age, many fans believe Spence already has what it takes to compete at the top.

This was further highlighted by his FA Cup performances against Arsenal. In January, Spence put in a Man of the Match performance as Forest secured an upset 1-0 victory in the third round of the cup competition.

But while Spence acknowledged Premier League interest, he insisted he remains focused on the games in front of him.

He said: “I always want to push myself and play with the best players and best team.

“I always want to push myself and play with the best players and best team.

“Of course it’s an ambition of mine to play in the Premier League. I try to stay level-headed. I don’t read too much into it.

“At the end of the day, I’m just here to enjoy my football. I need to stay focused, have tunnel vision and play well on the pitch.”

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