Djed Spence update: Major development reveals just how short Tottenham are in chase for Middlesbrough man

Djed Spence celebrating winning promotion

Tottenham and Middlesbrough are reportedly closing in on a transfer agreement for wing-back Djed Spence, with the London outfit now nearer to Boro’s valuation of the player.

The two clubs are known to have been in discussions over Spence for some time, with Spurs keen on a deal back when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the club.

However, the 21-year-old ended up spending last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, who earned a return to the Premier League for the first time in more than 20 years.

But since his return to Teesside, negotiations have been ongoing over a move to north London.

There appeared to have been a breakdown in those talks last week, but now it appears progress has been made.

Football Insider claims that Daniel Levy and Boro supremo Steve Gibson have held positive discussions. And Spurs are now said to be just £1million short of the Championship club’s valuation.

Boro are known to want £20m plus add-ons for the England Under-21 man, who is also wanted permanently by Forest.

Spence made 50 appearances for Forest last season, scoring three goals and adding five assists.

Spence to battle Doherty for starting spot

He is wanted as Tottenham to replace Emerson Royal, who is expected to moved on this summer.

The Brazilian improved as the season went on. However, he’s not done enough to convince Antonio Conte he is worth keeping.

Matt Doherty is, however, expected to be retained – with Spence battling the Republic of Ireland star for a starting spot.

It now just remains for Levy to come to an agreement with Gibson to get the deal over the line.

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