Tottenham are said to be ‘front of the race’ to sign Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, with Nottingham Forest already considering ‘alternatives’.
Boro is reserved for the fact that Spence will leave the club this summer following his excellent loan spell with Forest in 2021/22.
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The young right-back helped the Reds win the Championship play-off final against Huddersfield Town, earning them promotion after a 23-year hiatus from the top flight.
The City Ground club are keen to sign Spence on a permanent basis but are aware of the interest in him.
Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also on board, with Antonio Conte’s men ‘leading the race’ to sign the 21-year-old, according to the Echo of the North.
Boro are set to receive over £15m for the player and manager Chris Wilder will be able to use the funds to ‘overhaul’ his squad as they also target a return to the Premier League.
Interest from Spurs is at an ‘advanced stage’ and the club’s hierarchy are said to be ‘confident’ that a deal will be reached.
Djed Spence is special. He’s a ridiculous athlete who could be used as Kyle Walker in defensive transition or as a powerful deep runner. The only question is his dedication to the sport after meeting Neil Warnock. If it fails, he will be an elite right-back.
— EBL (@EBL2017) June 5, 2022
His current club are said to be ‘indifferent’ to where he plays next season as long as their transfer demands are met.
Conte has told his recruitment team to “do whatever it takes” to sign Spence after identifying him as a prime target shortly after arriving in north London.
Forest have already ‘started to find alternatives’ at right-back but will be disappointed to lose a player who was an integral part of their promotion-winning squad.
Somewhere else, Alessandro Bastoni’s agent has confirmed the Inter Milan centre-half is happy to stay in Italy amid rumors linking him to Spurs.
Talk to SportItaliaBastoni’s agent Tullio Tinti said: “He is certainly a huge fan of the team he plays for, so he will happily stay at Inter.
“But he is also a professional. It’s football and he has to adapt.
“It is clear that he is very happy to play for Inter and feels this shirt like a tattoo on his skin.”