TOTTENHAM have reportedly agreed a £20m deal for Djed Spence with MIddlesbrough.
The 21-year-old left Middlesbrough at the start of last season to join Nottingham Forest on loan.
The full-back became a star player for Steve Cooper’s side as they secured promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.
Spence is currently on international duty with England Under-21s while a host of clubs battle to secure his signature.
However, The Mail say Tottenham believe they will finalize the star’s transfer by earlier in the week.
Spence played 46 games for Forest last season after being ruled redundant by Boro.
His performance has caught the attention of a number of clubs, including Spurs rivals Arsenal, and even led to his inclusion in the Championship Team of Year.
Cooper and Forest are desperate to keep him on the City Ground.
However, they know a move back to the capital might be preferable for the right-back.
And they have reportedly wasted no time looking for a replacement ahead of their return to the top flight.
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The same report said they were “assessing other options and have asked about Manchester City’s Issa Kabore and Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles” as alternatives.
21-year-old Kabore is a Burkina Faso international.
He spent last season on loan in France’s Ligue 1 at City’s sister club Troyes.
Meanwhile, England international Maitland-Niles spent the second half of the previous season in Italy.
He left the Gunners to join Jose Mourinho at Roma in January.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5539321/tottenham-transfer-nottingham-forest-djed-spence-middlesbrough/ Tottenham are closing in on the £20m transfer of Djed Spence while Antonio Conte is set to beat bitter rivals Arsenal down the right