Leeds United have announced the arrival of Djed Spence on loan from Tottenham Hotspur for the season.
Spence will provide fresh competition at right-back for Luke Ayling after the loan exit of Rasmus Kristensen to Roma, and is back in the Championship after previously winning promotion with Nottingham Forest when he was on loan there from Middlesbrough.
Opportunities were hard to come by for Spence after a move to Tottenham last summer, so they sent him on loan to Rennes in January. Now, his next step will be to spend a season with Leeds.
Spence told the club’s official website: “It’s good to be here and I can’t wait to get started.
“It’s a big club, obviously there’s a good squad and there is ambition at the club to get back to the Premier League.
“I just want to get playing again. There’s a good manager here, I’ve heard a lot about him and way he wants to play attacking football. I think that will suit my style of football.
“I’ve spoken to him [Daniel Farke] and he’s orchestrated in the way he wants to play, it sounded good and for me it was the right decision.”
Reports have denied that Leeds would have any kind of option to buy Spence at the end of the season, but he should be an immediately useful player for them. They are reported to be paying his wages in full after giving a £1m loan fee to Tottenham.
Spence secures Rodon reunion
Spence is the sixth new signing for Leeds this summer after permanent deals for Ethan Ampadu, Karl Darlow, Sam Byram and Joel Piroe, plus a loan for his Tottenham colleague Joe Rodon, who was also at Rennes with him last season.
“Yeah, I know Joe from my parent club and from when I was out on loan last season,” Spence continued.
“It’s good to have a him in the building as well, someone that I know.
“It’s just exciting now to join the team and hopefully I can impress everyone here.
“I’m looking forward to playing at Elland Road, I’ve heard a lot about the fans. They are meant to be very loud.
“We want to win as many games as we can now.”
The 23-year-old could make his debut for Leeds on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road. He remains under contract with Tottenham until 2027.