Arsenal set to miss out as Spurs agree deal for defensive target

Tottenham look to have stolen a march on Arsenal by agreeing a deal to sign Djed Spence from Middlesbrough this summer.

The defender was thoroughly impressive at right-back for on-loan side Nottingham Forest this season, helping them to knock the likes of Spurs and Arsenal out of cup competitions before then helping Forest to earn promotion to the Premier League.

While it had been reported that the side wanted to keep him beyond his loan spell, he now looks set to join Tottenham instead, with the north London club having struggled to find a consistent option for the role this term.

All of Emerson Royal, Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty were all used sparingly throughout the campaign, and they now look set to bring in a new man to stake a claim for the regular berth in the side.

The Guardian claims the deal is worth around £20 Million, a reasonably low fee for a one of the brightest young full-backs in England.

It’s a shame that we look to be missing out on Spence, who would have been a great alternative option to have alongside Takehiro Tomiyasu this season, but he is likely to have an easier task of breaking into the starting line-up under Antonio Conte.

Is Spence another player that we are set to miss out on due to the club’s slow transfer process so far this month, or


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  1. Are we missing out? Would he come to us as a back up? He’s a good fit at spurs because he can walk straight into their team but we have Cedric (who is adequate but not great) who is on a long term contract and apparently big wages.

    1. True, Cedric never should have been offered that extended contract. Too prone to gaffs as he has shown over his time here, and caught out too much as a FB.

      Best case is next year is his final year here while our young RB gets another year loan experience before stepping up to 1st team.

      1. Seeing how he ripped Tavares and tierney apart in the same match I would say we are missing out big time .
        Watched him in the next round and he was even better .
        Spuds have got a baller that’s for sure and for a good price .

  2. Spurs are making moves in Perisic, Richarilson (Everton) & now this kid too.

    Liverpool have Nunez so that’s closed now.

    We need to start doing something soon or we are going to fall behind.

    1. Already behind both spuds and pool, ideally fall even further behind.

      Question is, continue with youth project, or bring in key players to crack the top 4.

      For me key players shows ambition, a window full of 21-23 yr Olds stinks of top 6 is the new top 4.

  3. If Spurs sign the players that they are being linked with, then unfortunately they are building a serious side and the concern is they could be the closest challengers to City and Liverpool. Hopefully we nail our transfer business or we could get left behind.

  4. Spurs are serious contenders to City and Pool not because of transfers but because of their skills in going for a top manager in Conte. I wish we had such ambition.

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