A report has revealed when Tottenham expect to sign Djed Spence, as Antonio Conte pushes the club to complete his transfer.
Tottenham want to sign the Middlesbrough right-back after his impressive campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest last season. The Englishman made 46 appearances for the Reds as they went back up to the Premier League via the play-offs.
Spence is now part of the England U21 setup and is likely to change clubs this summer. Boro would obviously like to retain his services, but they will struggles to keep him from the clutches of top-flight clubs.
The defender has previously been on Arsenal and Newcastle’s radars, but it is now Tottenham leading the hunt.
According to a report from Sky Sports on June 30, Conte’s side are in ‘advanced’ negotiations with Boro for the signing.
His move could see other right-backs change clubs this summer, including Neco Williams of Liverpool. That’s because Forest will need to replace Spence before their Prem campaign gets underway.
The Evening Standard reveal the state of play regarding Spence and the Spurs talks. They claim Fabio Paratici is aiming to get the deal over the line this week, as well as that of Clement Lenglet.
Spurs travel to South Korea on Saturday to take part in their pre-season training camp. And as Conte puts so much emphasis on these trips, Paratici hopes to adhere to his wishes by getting both Spence and Lenglet on the plane.
Paratici has work to do in Djed Spence hunt
It won’t be easy, as Spurs still need to agree on a fee with Boro for 21-year-old Spence. However, Paratici has done good business so far this window and is likely to manage the same when it comes to the potential new pair of signings.
Spurs have made significant moves to bolster their squad this summer. Richarlison is their marquee signing, having arrived from Everton in a £60million deal.
Paratici has also brought in Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster on free transfers, both of which are shrewd moves. Another clever signing is that of Yves Bissouma.
The central midfielder has been valued at £50m in the past. But due to him entering the final 12 months of his Brighton contract, Spurs got him for an initial fee of just £25m. It could rise to £35m through add-ons.
Conte and Spurs are gearing up for a big season – and the captures of Spence and Lenglet will only aid their cause.
Meanwhile, Spurs have reportedly made enquiries about another Barcelona star amid the talks for Lenglet.