Tottenham set for fresh talks with Middlesbrough in bid to agree £16m deal for Djed Spence – and full-back is determined to be Antonio Conte’s fourth summer signing
- Tottenham are resuming talks with Middlesbrough for full-back Djed Spence
- Initial talks were not successful as the two clubs were unable to agree a fee
- Spurs are still keen to sign the defender and boost their homegrown quota
Tottenham are resuming talks with Middlesbrough for full-back Djed Spence as they look to iron out a £16m fee.
Initial talks were not successful in finding an agreement as the Championship side want at least £15m plus add-ons.
However, Spurs are ready to make a fresh approach, with the defender also determined to join Antonio Conte’s squad.
Tottenham are poised for fresh talks with Middlesbrough in bid to sign defender Djed Spence
The 21-year-old impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest last season and has attracted a number of enquiries.
He will also boost Tottenham’s homegrown quota.
Spence was unfancied by former Boro boss Neil Warnock, who sent him out on loan to Forest last summer, but his superb season at the City Ground has made him one of the highest-rated young defenders in England.
Spence is an England Under-21 international and one of the country’s highest-rated defenders
He made 46 appearances in all competitions as Steve Cooper’s side won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs and he was named in the Championship team of the season.
Tottenham are aiming to get their transfer business done early this summer, with Spence set to become Conte’s fourth signing of the window after Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma.
The 21-year-old, who was born in London and played for Fulham’s academy, will battle it out with Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty for the right-back spot at Spurs.