Djed Spence will undergo a trial with Tottenham on Friday ahead of a £12.5m move from Middlesbrough.
The right-back is due at Hotspur Way on Friday, after Spurs agreed a deal that could rise to £20m with add-ons last night.
“The 21-year-old played 46 games for Forest last season and there was a chance he could have joined Steve Cooper’s side on a permanent deal this summer,” he said. Sky Sports news reporter Mark McAdam.
“But we know Tottenham are keen to sign him and we know he wants to play for Antonio Conte in the Premier League.”
If Tottenham land Spence, he will be their sixth big signing of the season, following the arrivals of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and loanee Clement Lenglet.
How did Spence fare in the Championship last season?
Sky Sports’ Dan Long:
At the beginning of last season, Djed Spence had already started the process of establishing himself as the reserve of the Middlesbrough team. He made 60 appearances before turning 21 and was impressive along the way.
But then, apparently for the worse, he was sent out on loan to rivals Nottingham Forest, where Isaiah Jones was favored at right-back by then Boro boss Neil Warnock. It was at the City Ground that he became a hot commodity.
He dazzled Reds fans with his attacking speed, crossing and long-range flair – he won Sky Bet’s Goal of the Month in March – and proved he’s not a one-trick pony with defensive displays, too – according to current affairs, Forest kept 17 clean sheets in the game 39 played, including play-offs.
It was during the run-up to the FA Cup quarter-finals that he began to attract the attention of a number of Premier League clubs, with Arsenal and Spurs among those said to be interested at the time.
Of course, there is a lot of room for improvement due to its age, but it must be said that the loan could not be better than it did. He joined the England U21 set-up as a direct result, too.
After Forest’s final win over Huddersfield in May, Spence sent Warnock a picture of himself in the Wembley changing room, cigarette in his mouth, a scarf wrapped around his head and a cup at his feet, looking like he was about to dig in. on his former manager.
“Well done, Djed – I said either you’re Premier League or you’re not,” he replied. “I’m glad you listened and followed my advice now go enjoy your success.”
Something that started as career advice has come to pass, as Spence is set to start 2022/23 as a Premier League player.
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