Tottenham have finally agreed a deal to sign Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, with the player set to undergo a medical and complete his move over the next 24 hours.
Spurs and Boro have been locked in negotiations for weeks after the London club failed with initial offers of £10million and £11m for the player, but now a £12.5m switch has been agreed.
That figure is expected to rise to £20m with add-ons as Tottenham close in on another summer deal. He is set to pen a five-year contract.
Spence is set to join fellow new boys Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet in north London.
If the £20m figure is actually reached then Spence will become Boro’s biggest sale in their history.
As for Spurs, Spence will compete with Matt Doherty and Emerson Royale for the right wing-back spot. That is unless the latter is offloaded back to Spain, as has been rumoured.
There is little chance of Conte moving on from Doherty, given his ability to play right and left. That leaves Royal vulnerable, while Spence’s arrival lifts Spurs’ homegrown quota.
Spence bow could come against Rangers
Should he complete a deal over the next 24 hours, Spence will likely wait for the squad to return from South Korea before joining in with pre-season preparations.
Tottenham are currently on tour in Asia and are due to play their next fixture against Sevilla on Saturday.
They will then have a friendly against Rangers at Ibrox on July 23, when Spence could make his debut.
The north London’s club opening Premier League game is at home to Southampton on August 6.