Everton, Newcastle interested in Middlesbrough star likened to England ace

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2021 9:12 - Neil Foster

Neil Warnock

Everton and Newcastle United still hold an interest in Middlesbrough defender Djed Spence and are monitoring his progress.

TEAMtalk exclusively revealed back in November that a number of Premier League clubs had taken notice of the young full-back.

Wolves were the other club credited with an interest last year. And it seems they, along with Crystal Palace, might still throw their hat into the ring.

Boro do not want to sell the London-born right-back, who is a firm favourite with boss Neil Warnock. The veteran tactician compared him to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Trent Alexander-Arnold last year.

That is high praise and the reason why top-flight clubs are circling the Riverside.

Spence has featured in all but one of Boro’s championship games this term, starting 12 and scoring once. He has helped the Teessiders to seventh in the table as Warnock pushes for another promotion.

The pacey stopper spent two years with the Fulham academy before making the move north. He has blossomed after being handed a chance by former Riverside chief Jonathan Woodgate.

It is not known if any club has made a formal bid. But it will be tough for Boro to hold onto the starlet if the north-east outfit are offered big money.

Newcastle could be in the market for a new right-back, with DeAndre Yedlin tipped to move on. The American is now down the pecking order at St James’ Park and has made just five league appearances in 2020-2021.

Toffees keen on Boro raid

Another Middlesbrough man might also be targeted by the Goodison Park club. Marcus Tavernier has been turning heads with his displays in midfield.

The 21-year-old has been a regular this term, enjoying 19 starts among 22 league outings. He has scored two goals plus another in the League Cup and has been tipped for the top.

Leicester and Wolves have joined Everton in being linked with the youngster. His hometown club Leeds are also thought to be eyeing the situation.

Like Spence, he is rated highly and they do not want to let him go. He penned a new long-term deal 12 months ago and has been enjoying his best form under Warnock.

The hope will be to retain the players for a push for promotion over the second half of the season. If they fail to make it, then it seems inevitable that one or both of the youth stars will leave.

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