Elland Road transfer news: Journalist says Leeds are interested in signing Djed Spence

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Transfer insider Dean Jones has revealed that Leeds are in the race to sign Djed Spence, who he thinks would fit in “perfectly” at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa wasn’t able to make any January signings, although he was keen on bringing in the young right-back.

What’s the latest news with Spence?

The 21-year-old has been gaining attention in recent weeks for his outstanding performances during Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup run. Spence was the standout player in the win over Arsenal before he went one better and scored against Leicester last time out to set up a fifth-round clash with Huddersfield.

But even before his fine goal against Foxes, the right-back has already been tracked by the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal, who were interested in signing him in January.

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Spence, who was described as “absolutely brilliant” by Gary Lineker, wouldn’t have been able to play for a third team this season having already turned out for his parent club Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, but a Premier League move looks a real possibility ahead of the summer.

According to Sky Sports, Leeds were the third top-flight club in the running for his signature, with Luke Ayling, who’s missed several games this season, their only other senior right-back option.

Therefore, while Jones recognises that signing for a club likely to be playing in Europe could be more appealing to Spence, the journalist reckons that a move to Elland Road would be the perfect fit.

What did Jones say about Spence?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Leeds was the other club I was told, so someone like Leeds, he fits in perfectly, but it comes down to the player and how he sees his ambition.”

Where is Spence likely to end up?

If Spence isn’t set to be first-choice at Leeds, it would appear pretty unlikely that he ends up signing for the Yorkshire giants.

Spurs and Arsenal have other senior right-sided players that would undoubtedly be ahead of him in the pecking order, but if he isn’t going to be a regular for Leeds, he’s better off being a backup player for one of the North London sides, especially with some form of European football on the cards for the rivals.

But Ayling has been suffering from injuries this season, which have restricted him to just 12 outings in the Premier League. Furthermore, he’ll be almost 31 by the start of next season, meaning Leeds could opt to bring in Spence to battle it out for the number one right-back spot and then eventually become Ayling’s long term successor.

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