By Sam Stone

31st May, 2022 | 3:51pm

Tottenham among front runners for Djed Spence's signature - report

Antonio Conte’s Tottenham are among the favourites to sign Nottingham Forest’s on-loan Middlesbrough defender Djed Spence, according to Football London.

The wing-back has been a standout performer in Steve Cooper’s promotion-winning Nottingham Forest side this campaign with three goals and four assists.

It has been reported by Football London on Tuesday [31 May], that Spurs are among the front-runners for the wing-back’s signature and that Spence is keen on a move to Conte’s side.

A fee of £16million has been touted for Spence with no decision to be made on his future until after the international break.

Sign him up

Conte has revolutionised the three at the back system and is one of the main reasons it is heavily adopted across the whole of European football.

His 2016/17 title-winning Chelsea side was the start of his 3-4-3 revolution.

The 52-year-old’s time in London as well as his time at Inter Milan were heavily reliant upon superb wide players providing an attacking threat.

Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses were his go-to wide players at Stamford Bridge whilst Achraf Hakimi and Matteo Darmian were utilised at Inter.

If Conte can lure Spence to the capital then he could seriously thrive in Spurs’ 3-4-3 system.

Spence’s eagerness to make runs forward could be an excellent option for Harry Kane’s pinpoint passes in behind opposition defenders.

Furthermore, this is a low-risk signing for Spurs with Spence only being 21 and costing a relatively low fee in today’s market.

There is a good chance he could develop further into an asset for Tottenham to sell on for a bigger fee.

In other Spurs news, an 18-year-old has now penned a new Tottenham Hotspur deal.