Middlesbrough defender Djed Spence has been attracting attention from Tottenham Hotspur. But journalist Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that the Premier League side ‘could back out’.
Middlesbrough loaned Spence to then-fellow Championship outfit Nottingham Forest, with Steve Cooper’s side securing promotion and Spence a huge part of their success.
His fine form at the City Ground meant he started to generate plenty of attention from top flight clubs, both in England and across Europe.
Along with Spurs, the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and a reunion with Nottingham Forest were all mentioned. Whilst Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Roma, Inter Milan and Barcelona were keen.
The North-Londoners had entered into talks with the 21-year-old. But reports stated the two clubs are £5 million apart in their valuations. This has resulted in a deal stalling and Jones has said that the deal could be off if talks don’t progress soon.
“One source is telling me that Spurs could back out of the Spence deal if things don’t start moving the way they want,” he told Give Me Sport.
“They have full-back plans so it’s not like they will wait for him at all costs. I understand they have made that clear to Boro so this feels like a key time for this deal to start moving.”
This ‘now or never ultimatum’ will test Boro’s resolve. They value the player at £15 million whereas Tottenham Hotspur are only willing to part with £10 million.
What next for Spurs and Spence?
Reports elsewhere state that Spurs are looking at other targets in the right wing-back position.
TEAMtalk state that they are cooling their interest in Spence too and are eyeing a deal for Jonathan Clauss of RC Lens. Although they would have to compete with London rivals Chelsea. Inter Milan full-back Denzel Dumfries is also on their radar.
Nottingham Forest look to be second in the running to sign Spence. If Spurs pull out of the deal at any point Steve Cooper’s side would likely move in to sign the England U21 international.