Djed Spence faces a decision with Tottenham Hotspur, one of several top clubs chasing his signature, and the full-back would be interested in a move to north London. football.london understands.
The 21-year-old has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League and European clubs with his performances on loan from Middlesbrough at Nottingham Forest as they secured promotion in the play-off final at the weekend. football.london understands Spurs are one of the frontrunners for his signature but face competition from Borussia Dortmund, Roma, Newcastle, Brentford and Forest to sign the England Under-21 international in the coming weeks.
Tottenham’s managing director of football Fabio Paratici has personally scouted Spence this season and with Emerson Royal likely to leave the club and a number of La Liga clubs watching the Brazilian’s situation, the plan would be to join Spence with the veteran Insert Republic Ireland international Matt Doherty is set to take on the full-back role next season during a season that brings Spurs Champions League football and plenty of games.
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A fee of £16million has been touted for Spence, who has made 45 appearances for Forest this season, scoring three goals and providing five assists. The young defender is believed to be interested in a move to Antonio Conte at Tottenham, who are looking to increase their domestic numbers this summer as some British players are set to leave. Spence has seen his England Under-21 teammate Ryan Sessegnon flourish under the Italian in the second half of this season.
However, it’s believed the young broad man isn’t keen on signing for a bigger club only to then be loaned out, meaning the side who secure his signature this summer are likely to be the ones who do can provide him with regular first-team football throughout the season.
No decision on Spence’s future is expected for at least a few more weeks as the player is at the service of the England Under-21s as they play four qualifiers for the European Under-21 Championship next month.
Sessegnon was dropped from that squad as a precaution this week after his strenuous end to the season as Spurs’ only fit left-back. The 22-year-old has struggled with hamstring injuries in recent seasons and football.london understands the decision was made to ensure he was injury free, fully rested and ready for a big pre-season under Conte in July.