The Lowdown: On his way out
The right-back has been strongly linked with a move to the Lilywhites ever since he caught the eye of Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte with his outstanding performances on loan at Nottingham Forest last season, helping the Reds achieve promotion to the Premier League.
Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder recently admitted in an interview that the 21-year-old wanted to leave the Riverside Stadium, presumably for Spurs, and rumours over a potential move were further fuelled when it was revealed on Monday that the 21-year-old had been left out of Boro’s pre-season trip to Portugal.
Following a fresh update, it looks like his switch to N17 could now be imminent…
The Latest: Spurs close in on Spence
The Mirror claimed that Tottenham are ‘closing in’ on a transfer for Spence and remain in ‘advanced talks’ for the youngster, with a deal ‘thought likely by the weekend’ for a fee in the region of £15m plus a further £5m in add-ons.
The source claimed that Conte is ‘on course’ to land his fifth signing of the summer, and that there ‘does not seem to be much doubt’ that the club will secure their target.
The Verdict: Conte’s getting his wish
Dubbed an ‘unbelievable’ player by BBC pundit Ian Wright earlier this year, Spence appears to have been on Conte’s wish list since the beginning of the transfer window, and the Spurs manager will be more than happy knowing that a deal for the 21-year-old is almost over the line after what feels like a never-ending transfer saga.
It’s clear to see why the Italian wants to tie down someone like the England under-21 international, as the youngster possesses tremendous attacking qualities, having registered five assists and netted three times for Forest across all competitions last term, as per Transfermarkt.
This style of play down the flank is so important to the 52-year-old’s wing-back formation, and with the addition of Ivan Perisic on the left, they could both have a significant role to play in Spurs’ fortunes over the upcoming 2022/23 season.
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