Tottenham are reportedly ready to step up their bid to sign Middlesbrough’s highly-rated right-back Djed Spence this summer.
Spurs have been monitoring the 19-year-old ever since he impressed in the FA Cup against Mourinho’s men earlier in the season.
Brighton and West Ham have also been linked with the youngster, with Boro said to want around £10million for Spence. The youngster only penned a new deal with the club in February.
Indeed, Boro chief chief Neil Warnock recently compared the player to England duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Burnley, Sheffield United and Southampton have also been credited with an interest in the full-back. But it would appear that Tottenham are at the front of the queue.
Jose Mourinho is said to be a huge fan of Spence, and that goes back to his time at Fulham.
His son Jose Jr played alongside Spence at Craven Cottage, and allegedly gave the Tottenham boss ‘positive reports’ about the right-back.
In January, Mourinho was seen speaking to Spence after Tottenham drew with Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. So these latest developments come as no big surprise.
Right-back is not considered a position of strength for Spurs, with Serge Aurier wildly inconsistent. Youngster Kyle Walker-Peters is highly thought of but he could also make a permanent move to Southampton.
And with Norwich star Max Aarons proving expensive at £25m, a move for Spence may prove more value for Tottenham.
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