Arsenal and Tottenham set to clash in £12m Djed Spence transfer battle

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Arsenal and Tottenham are set to go head to head over a move for Nottingham Forest full-back Djed Spence.

The Gunners are keen to bring in competition for summer signing Takehiro Tomiyasu, while Spurs manager Antonio Conte has identified the right side of defence as a priority area.

The north London rivals are both considering a move for Spence - who featured in Forest’s remarkable FA Cup third-round win over Arsenal - this month, but any deal would see the 21-year-old remain at the City Ground until the end of the season.

Spence is on loan from Middlesbrough and, having played for both his parent club and Forest this season, he cannot represent another team in 2021/22.

The full-back, who was formerly at Fulham’s academy, will have two years left on his deal at the Riverside come the summer, with ‘Boro expected to demand up to £12m for a deal.

Arsenal and Tottenham are both eyeing Djed Spence after his brilliant form for Nottingham Forest (Getty Images)
Arsenal and Tottenham are both eyeing Djed Spence after his brilliant form for Nottingham Forest (Getty Images)

Cedric Soares could soon leave Arsenal while Spurs have signed Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal in recent years, but neither have lived up to their billing.

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