Tottenham near £20m deal for Djed Spence… as Nottm Forest ask Arsenal about Ainsley Maitland-Niles

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Tottenham near £20m deal for Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence… as Nottingham Forest enquire about Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles to replace the 21-year-old who spent last season on loan at the City Ground

  • Tottenham are expected to confirm the signing of Djed Spence early next week
  • Spence will be Spurs’ third summer signing and boost their homegrown quota
  • The full-back spent last term on loan at Nottingham Forest from Middlesbrough 
  • Newly-promoted Forest wanted to keep him but faced fierce competition
  • They will now go after Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Manchester City’s Issa Kabore

Tottenham are closing in on a £20million deal for Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence as talks intensify.

The 21-year-old, who was rested from England U21s fixture with Kosovo on Friday night, impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest last season and has attracted a number of enquiries.

He will also boost Tottenham’s homegrown quota with the expectation the transfer will be finalised early next week.

Djed Spence, 21, won promotion to the Premier League with Nottingham Forest last season

Djed Spence, 21, won promotion to the Premier League with Nottingham Forest last season

Spence was unfancied by former Boro boss Neil Warnock, who sent him out on loan to Forest last summer, but his superb season at the City Ground has made him one of the highest-rated young defenders in England. 

He made 46 appearances in all competitions as Steve Cooper’s side won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs and he was named in the Championship team of the season. 

Tottenham are aiming to get their transfer business done early this summer, with Spence set to become Antonio Conte’s third signing of the window after Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster. 

The 21-year-old, who was born in London and played for Fulham’s academy, will battle it out with Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty for the right-back spot at Spurs.  

Spence is an England Under-21 international and one of the country's highest-rated defenders

Spence is an England Under-21 international and one of the country’s highest-rated defenders

Forest have asked Arsenal about Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who spent last term on loan at Roma

Forest have asked Arsenal about Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who spent last term on loan at Roma

Forest had hoped to keep Spence but competition was fierce. They are exploring other options and have asked about Manchester City’s Issa Kabore plus Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles who has a year left on contract.

Kabore, a Burkina Faso international, was sent on loan to City’s Ligue 1 sister club Troyes last season, while five-cap England full-back Maitland Niles spent the second half of the campaign at Roma. 

Another Middlesbrough defender, Nathan Wood, 20, has joined Swansea City while Manchester United goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis has left for Middlesbrough.

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