REPORT: Tottenham Tracking Middlesbrough youngster Djed Spence
Jose Mourinho is a Fan of the Defender
Spurs have been keeping an eye on the youngster for quite some time now and are ready to launch a bid to try and bring the player to White Hart Lane when the transfer window opens its doors July 27, according to The Gazette.
Having played 22 times in all competitions for Middlesbrough so far this season, he has caught the eye of numerous potential Premier League suitors. With Jose Mourinho already a big fan of the right-back, it has only ramped up the interest even more.
New Two-Year Middlesbrough Deal
Spence could be of some value to Boro if they did decide to let him leave. He only penned a new two-year extension at the Riverside back in February and it means that any team wanting to sign him this summer may have to pay more to secure his signature.
Tottenham Searching For a New Right-Back
Tottenham are currently on the lookout for a new right-back. Curr ent starter Serge Aurier was nearly sold last summer and replaced, only for a move to peter out. In addition, Kyle Walker-Peters is out on loan at Southampton and could make a permanent switch to the Saints when the window opens.
It means that Jose Mourinho is short of options in that area and he believes that Spence is a big talent and is worth signing from Middlesbrough.
Boro Battling Relegation
With the Championship side currently battling to stay in the league – they currently sit in 18th place, five points above the drop zone – they could be resigned to losing Spence anyway. If they do end up dropping down into League One, Spence may want to continue to test his talent at a higher level.
The club themselves may need to offload one or two players to account for the money they would lose from making the drop down a tier.
If Spurs don’t launch a bid, then West Ham United, Burnley, Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion are all believed to be waiting in the wings to try and snap up the youngster too.