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Middlesbrough yet to enter into ‘advanced talks’ for Djed Spence amid Tottenham Hotspur interest 

According to TeessideLive (h/t Football.London), Tottenham Hotspur haven’t entered into any advanced talks with Middlesbrough for Djed Spence.

Last season, he was loaned to Nottingham Forest, where he was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League. As a result, Spence has piqued the interest of Spurs.

Forest finished fourth in the league and went on to win the play-off final against Huddersfield Town, securing their return to the promised land after a 23-year exile. Spence played a total of 50 games in all competitions, scoring three goals and registering five assists.

Djed Spence is on Tottenham Hotspur's radar.
Djed Spence is on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar.

It was previously believed that Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to a £20million deal with Middlesbrough in order to recruit promising teenage full-back Djed Spence, as per the Guardian.

What next for Spence and Spurs?

However, Middlesbrough are yet to enter into advanced talks with any club regarding selling Spence. The 21-year-old has two years left on his contract which has given the advantage to Boro, who would surely be unwilling to let him leave for a cut-price deal. 

The 21-year-old is one of the top young players in the Championship, and he has all the makings of a future superstar. He also appears set to take the next step in his playing career, having put in strong performances in the FA Cup against Arsenal, Leicester City, and Liverpool this season.

Djed Spence also has interest from Dortmund. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Djed Spence also has interest from Dortmund. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

As a result, it’s easy to see why Antonio Conte’s team is eyeing the Boro loanee for a possible transfer this summer. However, it remains to be seen what the defender himself wants.

It wouldn’t be wrong to speculate that he would like PL football. That is where the fame, prestige and money are if you compare it to the lower divisions. Moreover, Spurs will also be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season.

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It would make sense to strengthen the right-wing-back position as Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal both have struggled to cement their spot under Conte. It remains to be seen when the Spurs make a genuine move in the transfer race. 

But if Spence is a player Conte wants, then the board would be wise to back him in this. He needs to stamp his identity on this Spurs team and signing players he likes is one way to do that.

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