October 12, 2022
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Spence wants to move to Tottenham

Djed Spence has asked to leave Middlesbrough amid Tottenham transfer talks.

Spurs have been in talks over a deal for the highly-rated England Under-21 international as Antonio Conte looks to improve his options at right-back.

Spence played on loan at Nottingham Forest last season, helping them end their 23-year exile from the Premier League via the play-offs, but has since returned to parent club Middlesbrough.

Tottenham and Boro remain wide apart in their respective valuations of the player, with the Championship outfit demanding almost £20million.

And Boro boss Chris Wilder admitted Spence had made clear his desire to move, while insisting the deal had to make financial sense for them.

“If nothing happens with Djed then he’s our player and he’ll be back for pre-season,” he told the Northern Echo. “From my point of view, the negotiations between Kieran (Scott), Neil (Bausor), Steve (Gibson) and Tottenham remain between Kieran, Neil, Steve and Tottenham.

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“If the deal isn’t done, we’ll see where we go from there. Do I have an entry in there? Yeah, 100 percent. The boy obviously doesn’t want to come back here, which I have absolutely no problem with. He obviously sees his future far from here, and he had a brilliant season last season.

“We expect this deal to happen, but if it doesn’t then he’s our player. From the club’s point of view, the deal has to be fair. We’re not trying to get in the way. to anyone. I’ve never done that as a manager, and I’ve had a lot of situations where opportunities presented themselves to players.

“But there are always three parties involved in a deal, and it takes all three parties to be right for it to happen. It has to be good for the player, and obviously from the noises it sounds like that’s (Spurs) where he wants to go. Tottenham want it, and we are prepared for it. But it must be good for us too. Everything must marry.

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