Djed Spence expects to join Tottenham, doesn't want to return to Middlesbrough - Chris Wilder
Djed Spence expects to join Tottenham this summer and doesn’t want to return to Middlesbrough next season, according to manager Chris Wilder.
Spence sent last season on loan with Nottingham Forest from Boro and turned in a brilliant campaign to help them earn promotion to the Premier League, and now looks set to join Tottenham.
But while Wilder admitted that he expects a deal to go through for the player to the north London club, he told the Northern Echo [June 25] that the deal has to suit all parties and if it doesn’t get done then he will return to the Riverside Stadium even though he doesn’t want to.
“If nothing happens with Djed, then he’s our player and he’ll be back for pre-season,” he said.
“From my point of view, negotiations between Kieran (Scott), Neil (Bausor), Steve (Gibson) and Tottenham stay between Kieran, Neil, Steve and Tottenham.
“If the deal doesn’t get done, we’ll see where we go from there. Have I got an input into it? Yeah, 100 per cent. The boy obviously doesn’t want to come back here, which I’ve got absolutely no issue with. He obviously sees his future away from here, and he had a brilliant season last season.
“We’re expecting that deal to happen, but if it doesn’t, then he’s our player. From a club point of view, the deal has to be right. We’re not trying to stand in the way of anybody. I’ve never done that as a manager, and I’ve had plenty of situations before where opportunities have come along to players.
“But there’s always three parties involved in any deal, and it’s got to be right for all three parties for it to happen. It’s got to be right for the player, and obviously from the noises, it sounds as though that’s (Spurs) where he wants to go.
“Tottenham want him, and we’re prepared for that. But it’s got to be right for us too. It all needs to marry up.”
Spence’s arrival is definitely expected at this point with Spurs, and he would be a welcome addition to a squad that has seen significant bolstering already this summer.
Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma have already signed and Spence will add great depth and competitions to the right wing-back spot and will get to play Champions League football.
Arsenal, Manchester United and several other clubs were also linked with an interest, as well as Forest trying to keep hold of him, but it seems that the lure of elite European football was enough to convince him.
It should now be a matter of time before a deal gets completed, with the player set to return from holidays soon and pre-season beginning next week too.
A young core is developing in north London and Spence will be a key part of Antonio Conte’s squad for the new season, and at around £20m he could represent a bargain in years to come.
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