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Report: Tottenham tracking Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence

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Report: Tottenham tracking Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, with the London Evening Standard reporting that Jose Mourinho has been tracking the teenager since 2018.

Spence has only made a handful of first-team appearances for Boro. But it appears that he has already made quite an impression on Mourinho.

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The London Evening Standard reports that the Spurs boss has been keeping an eye on the 19-year-old since he left Fulham. The Portuguese was initially told about the full-back by his son, who was also on the Cottagers’ books at the time.

And the London Evening Standard suggests that Mourinho made a point of congratulating Spence on his performance after Tottenham’s draw with Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

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Unsurprisingly, Jonathan Woodgate does not want to lose the youngster. The report notes that Boro want to tie Spence down to a new five-year deal. It is noted that talks are ongoing, but an agreement is yet to be reached.

TBR View – Could Spence ultimately end Tottenham’s right-back woes?

Right-back has arguably been a problematic position for Spurs since the start of the 2018/19 season. Kieran Trippier has now left, and Serge Aurier’s form has been inconsistent.

 

It is perhaps telling that Kyle Walker-Peters has not come into the side on a regular basis. The London Evening Standard reports that he is set to join Crystal Palace on loan.

Signing Spence may be something of a gamble. He has only made nine first-team appearances during his career.

But the signs are extremely positive. And Mourinho had clearly been aware of Spence’s potential for a long time before his superb gesture at the weekend.

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