Tottenham in 'ongoing talks' over £20m target at Hotspur Way

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte on the touchline

Tottenham Hotspur are holding ‘ongoing talks’ with Middlesbrough as they look to lure Djed Spence to Hotspur Way, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Spurs have been busy since last season came to an end, with Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma agreeing moves to north London, but Spence appears to be among head coach Antonio Conte’s next targets.

GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones
GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones

What’s the latest news involving Spence?

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed Spurs have been interested in striking a deal for Spence since March and, while a bid has not been forthcoming, new direct contacts are expected this week.

The right-back sprung to the Premier League side’s attention after impressing while on loan with Nottingham Forest, where he won promotion to the top flight via the Championship play-offs.

Although Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici has not headed to the negotiating table yet, it was previously reported that a £20million deal was being neared.

It seems Tottenham hold the upper-hand over other interested parties and Conte, who is preparing for his first full campaign at the helm after being appointed last November, will get his man.

That is because it is understood that Spence has expressed a preference to join Spurs as the clubs continue to negotiate a price.

Darwin Nunez to Liverpool! Done Deal! Hear more on The Football Terrace

What has Dean Jones said about Spence?

Jones believes Tottenham are holding discussions with Middlesbrough as they continue to pursue Spence.

However, the transfer insider feels the move is being held up due to the full-back’s current employers seeking a higher fee than they had quoted Nottingham Forest.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “Talks are definitely ongoing. I think the big issue here is the fact that Nottingham Forest had a pre-agreed deal to sign Djed Spence at a price that was about £13million.

“Tottenham are being quoted a price that is higher than that because they didn’t already have an arrangement in place.”

1 of 10
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

What year did the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium open?

Why is Spence of interest to Spurs?

Spence has just enjoyed a season to remember after making 50 outings, with all but four of them coming while on loan at Nottingham Forest.

There, he helped guide Steve Cooper’s side back into the Premier League for the first time in 23 years and his performances also resulted in him breaking into the England under-21 squad.

Having secured his first cap in March and since made another two appearances, the 21-year-old now appears to be ready to challenge himself in the top flight.

With Conte being a fan of playing attacking wing-backs, Spence could be the perfect option thanks to racking up three goals and five assists last term.

News Now - Sport News