Tottenham 'ready to buy' 116-game star at Hotspur Way

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Tottenham should still sign Middlesbrough right wing-back Djed Spence despite the two clubs still being apart in their valuation, according to The Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

The Champions League outfit have made the 21-year-old their top target on the right but are yet to reach an agreement with Chris Wilder’s side.

What’s the latest news involving Spence?

When The Athletic revealed that north London was Spence’s preferred destination, it seemed like Spurs were in pole position and he would soon become their fourth summer signing.

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Antonio Conte has already added Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma to his squad, with the youngster in line to become his latest addition.

However, Sky Sports reported last week that during the first round of talks, Tottenham and Boro were still apart in their valuation of Spence.

The same outlet stated that the clubs met for a second time in the capital, but they were still unable to reach an agreement, with Middlesbrough wanting £5m more than Spurs’ £10m valuation of the star, who’s played 116 senior games in his career.

What did Taylor say about Spence?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “There are indications that they’re ready to buy him, and Forest are exploring other options, so I expect that to get done.

He’s a right wing-back that fits Conte’s system, he’s homegrown, he’s young with high potential. There’s a lot to like about him and I believe he’ll become a Spurs player.”

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Will Tottenham eventually get their man?

Despite the report from Sky Sports suggesting that Tottenham would be prepared to walk away from the deal if they’re unable to reach terms with the Championship outfit, they still find themselves in a strong position.

Not only has Spence identified Spurs as his first choice destination, but Nottingham Forest appear to have moved onto other targets, with no one else seemingly in the running for his signature.

Furthermore, the England Under-21s ace might already have his heart set on the Premier League, so the Teeside outfit might have to compromise, or they run the risk of upsetting the player.

But Spence’s departure is expected to fund Boro’s entire summer window, so Wilder’s team are well within their rights to set an asking price and stick by it.

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