Tottenham expect to complete £15m Djed Spence deal in next 48 hours

Tottenham expect to complete £15m Djed Spence deal in next 48 hours - GETTY IMAGES
Tottenham expect to complete £15m Djed Spence deal in next 48 hours - GETTY IMAGES

Tottenham Hotspur are poised to finally complete the £15 million signing of Djed Spence after a breakthrough in talks.

Spurs expect to conclude a deal with Championship club Middlesbrough for the England under-21 international in the next 48 hours, following weeks of negotiations.

Spence, 21, has been a priority target for Antonio Conte this summer and he is set to become the latest addition in Tottenham’s busy summer recruitment drive.

The former Fulham trainee proved an excellent addition for Nottingham Forest on loan last season, playing a key role in helping the club return to the Premier League for the first time since 1999.

Due to his impact at the City Ground, Middlesbrough have been determined to hold out for a significant fee and played hardball during talks with Tottenham over the past fortnight.

Middlesbrough have previously turned down offers of £10m and £11m but are settling on a £15m fee upfront which could reach £20m after instalments.

Spence could potentially become the most expensive sale in Middlesbrough's history, eclipsing the £18 million paid by Wolves to sign Adama Traore in August 2018.

Tottenham have already completed the £60 million capture of Richarlison from Everton, while Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster have also signed this summer.

Spence appeals to Tottenham due to his potential, ability and age, while he will also top up their homegrown quota as the club prepare for the forthcoming season with the added bonus of Champions League football.

He was left at home this week to work on his fitness as Middlesbrough’s squad flew out to Portugal for a pre-season training camp, and will have his Spurs medical on Friday.

During Tottenham’s tour of South Korea, Conte said: "I think the club worked very well in this window. For every coach to have the players quickly is very important because you can work with them and try to put them into our idea of football.

"In the past... I think it was good to sign five players quickly. Now we’ll see what happens. We are always looking to strengthen the squad if there is the opportunity. We want to improve numerically the squad."