Tottenham Hotspur appear to have settled their winger affair, and while Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte went for a proven winner down the left side in the name of Ivan Perišić, the scattergun hit a much younger target for the flank. right.
According to Will Unwin of The GuardianSpurs and Middlesbrough have agreed a deal for England U-21 right winger and player Djed Spence.
Djed Spence completes his transfer to Spurs. Expect everything to be wrapped up in the next few days
— Will Unwin (@Will_Unwin) June 10, 2022
First off, hats off to Will. He’s on vacation and must have written it on a bus, it seems. The good ones never rest on a great story. According to him, the agreement corresponds to what was expected.
Tottenham have reached an agreement to buy Djed Spence from Middlesbrough, with the fee believed to be around £20m. The England Under-21 right-back ended a season on loan at Nottingham Forest last month, where he was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League.
Spence, who was born in London and played for Fulham’s academy, is one of the country’s most beloved young defenders and was named to the Footballers’ Association Championship Team of the Season on Thursday professionals.
Spence will count as a homegrown player, which helps given the club have at least one outgoing in Harry Winks. He’s a big guy at 6’1” (1.85m) and will give Spurs quality depth behind that of Matt Doherty or Emerson Royal who will survive the summer as another winger.
£20m is not a lottery ticket purchase. This is a purchase a club makes when they believe a player can contribute immediately. Nottingham Forest really wanted him back for their return to the Premier League, but Spence has played in the Championship for the past three seasons on a fairly regular basis and had enough eyes on him where it was clear he wanted to move on. to the next step.
Salaries shouldn’t be an issue here. The reported range of his weekly salary was £3,000/week to £5,000/week, so he’s going to get one hell of a pay rise no matter what Spurs accept.
If you want to see numbers, Statsbomb dropped a radar of him in February. Overall it looks pretty good.
Djed Spence, Nottingham Forest 2021/22
One of the best wingers in the Championship this season is on loan at Forest from Middlesbrough, who don’t care as they have another of the best wingers in the Championship, Isaiah Jones. pic.twitter.com/rxd6Hja2Ke
— StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) February 1, 2022
This claim that Boro doesn’t care is pretty accurate. Isaiah Jones is pretty good, so Boro was swimming in talent in that position. They are happy to cash out and use the funds elsewhere after finishing seventh in the Championship.
Expect a medical to be scheduled and salaries to be agreed in the coming days. And, as usual: No one moves.
UPDATE (1:40 p.m.): Alright, who moved? Gold isn’t completely throwing cold water on it, but he is saying to pump the brakes a bit.
Spurs are yet to agree a fee for Djed Spence, but as I said earlier, things are expected to change in the next 72 hours. The player is still with England until Monday night. Big piece on the state of play at Tottenham below. https://t.co/FBV28OkGgt
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) June 10, 2022
Romano also seems to agree.
Tottenham have been interested in Djed Spence for a long time but they haven’t yet reached a full agreement to sign him despite the rumours. Talks on – there are few clubs interested in the right-back. ⚪️ #THFC
Discussions over Spence’s future will continue in the coming days.
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 10, 2022