Spurs have emerged as frontrunners for the Middlesbrough right-back but face stiff competition from several Premier League and European sides.
What’s the latest news involving Spence?
Tottenham have been chasing the 21-year-old’s signature since the January window, although Antonio Conte’s side are still waiting on Spence, who played a key role in helping Nottingham Forest win promotion to the Premier League via the play offs last month, to decide on his future.
According to Football.London, top-flight rivals Brentford, Forest and Newcastle are also in the race, as are European giants Borussia Dortmund and Roma.
But The Northern Echo reported believe Conte’s men are at an ‘advanced stage’ in their bid to make Spence their second summer addition, following Ivan Perisic’s arrival last month.
However, with Spence, who’s set to cost around £20m, currently away on international duty with England Under-21s, Jones doesn’t expect Spurs to get a concrete update on his future for another couple of weeks.
What did Jones say about Spence?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Forest believe that they’re the frontrunners, but Tottenham want the chance to win him over.
“They don’t know where his head is at in this exact moment. I think by the middle of June, when things settle down, the window is opened and the internationals are out the way, they intend to find out exactly where Djed Spence’s mind is at and whether that deal is doable.”
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Are Tottenham likely to sign Spence?
Providing Spence does stay in the Premier League, then Tottenham should be confident of beating off competition from Newcastle, Brentford, and Forest.
Spence might have enjoyed an outstanding loan spell at the City Ground, but Spurs are back in the Champions League, have one of the world’s top managers in charge in Conte, and could become a real force next season, while Forest are likely to be battling against relegation.
Newcastle’s money make them an attractive proposition for the youngster, but they currently have Kieran Trippier as their first choice right-back, which could prove a instant red flag for Spence.
Tottenham do have both Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal in their ranks, but if Spence decides to link up with the north Londoners, then one of those would likely be moved on, leaving him to battle it out for a starting place with the other.