Daniel Levy is personally leading the Tottenham charge to sign Djed Spence and the keys to an agreement being forged have come to light.
Spurs are known to be on the hunt for a new addition at right wing-back this summer. Djed Spence has emerged as their primary target following a fantastic loan spell at newly-promoted Nottingham Forest last season.
The 21-year-old set the Championship alight and did his reputation a world of good with a series of stellar displays in the FA Cup.
Forest dumped both Arsenal and Leicester out in the early rounds with Spence a notable stand-out. As such, it comes as no surprise to see Tottenham pursuing a deal for the Middlesbrough ace.
Talks have already been held between the two clubs, though an agreement could not be reached. However, Sky Sports have provided a comprehensive update that sheds light on Spurs’ new angle of attack.
The outlet claim a fresh round of talks are due to take place this week. Middlesbrough hoped to generate £15m from the sale prior to add-ons. Spurs reportedly believe Spence’s real value is closer to the £10m mark.
Work must still be done before a deal can be struck. However, Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is reportedly heading up the negotiations and his personal involvement could aid his side’s cause.
Sky note Levy’s involvement will allow Director of Football Fabio Paratici to focus his attention on other deals. Clearly, Spurs’ transfer window will not end with Djed Spence.
From the player’s end, Spence is claimed to be high on the idea of joining Tottenham and playing for Antonio Conte.
Furthermore, Spurs are seeking young, English additions and Spence ticks those boxes.
Tottenham on upward trajectory
Conte’s arrival was seen as a significant coup for Spurs at the time of his appointment.
Pipping bitter rivals Arsenal to fourth spot was the perfect way to conclude his maiden season in north London and the Spurs hierarchy appear fully on board with backing the enigmatic Italian.
Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma have already arrived and the club will be hopeful their new round of talks with Spence will bear fruit.
On the exits front, the lesser lights of Conte’s squad may be moved out. Steven Bergwijn is a transfer target for Ajax, while Harry Winks is on both Everton and Crystal Palace’s radars.
Conte is being given license to overhaul his squad and for the first time since the Mauricio Pochettino era, Spurs are heading in the right direction.