Respected transfer insider Dean Jones believes that Djed Spence will stay at current loan club Nottingham Forest rather than join Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Jones was speaking on Oddschanger’s Touchline Talk podcast where he outlined what this summer might look like for Forest following their promotion to the Premier League.
Spurs are thought to be interested in the 21-year-old right-back, alongside fellow Premier League sides Arsenal and Brentford.
But despite interest from Spurs, Jones believes that Spence is more likely to sign for Forest on a permanent deal from current club Middlesbrough, rather than join Antonio Conte’s side this summer.
“I’m told, Djed Spence, there’s a good chance he stays [at Forest],” said Jones.
“Obviously, there is interest from like Tottenham, but I think he wants to stay.
“I think he really likes it, from what I’ve heard.”
Our thoughts on Jones’ comments
Despite Forest looking like they are in pole position to secure the permanent transfer of the current wing-back, Spence, who has been described as “unbelievable” by former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, will know that there is a pathway to first-team football at Spurs next season, should he sign on the dotted line.
According to FBref, Spence has won 42 tackles, and made 68 interceptions this campaign, which is just as many tackles as Emerson and 30 more than Doherty, whilst the Forest loanee trumps both of them for interceptions with Emerson making 37 and Doherty just 17, showing that Spence is proficient defensively as well as in an attacking sense.
He has also been a regular throughout the rigours of a Championship campaign, having started 40 games this season according to the same stats provider, suggesting he could solve a fitness problem for Spurs at wing-back.
Despite their being a very obvious leap between the Championship and Premier League, Spence has earned his chance at the step-up, and could prove to be an astute signing should Spurs secure his signature against the odds.