Tottenham Hotspur have managed to secure a deal for Middlesbrough star Djed Spence for just £12m, according to an update from The Times.
Yesterday marked a change in this long-running saga, with the two clubs finally reaching a breakthrough after several weeks of negotiations with Chris Wilder’s side trying to generate as much money as possible for the promising 21-year-old.
The emergence of Isaiah Jones meant he was not even guaranteed to start at the Riverside Stadium in the coming season, despite his impressive appearance on loan at Nottingham Forest last season.
Several teams have reportedly been interested in pursuing a move for him in recent months, including Arsenal, Manchester City and former loan club Forest following their promotion to the Premier League.
The latter were even believed to be ready to break their transfer record to seal a longer-term deal for the wing-back, although this latest report from The Times signals that they would have had no chance of signing him even if they had done it. come to an agreement on a royalty with Boro.
Indeed, the 21-year-old had told friends he wanted to return to the English capital despite a successful stay at the City Ground, with Steve Cooper’s men focusing on other targets instead and have since landed Neco Williams.
However, they can spoil the fact that they have turned their back on their former loanee, with a £12m fee reportedly agreed between Spurs and the Teesside club for his services.
That’s less than the £15m with £5m add-ons previously suggested, with the Northern Echo reporting the second-tier side were originally holding at least £20m.
It’s a reasonably cheap deal considering he still had two years left on his contract at the Riverside, which gives Wilder’s side a lot more power at the negotiating table.
However, it seemed clear he wasn’t going to be part of Boro’s plans going forward and with Wilder wanting to sign quite a few additions by the end of the summer window, having that money as soon as possible. will be valuable.
Having that money there will ensure they give themselves the best chance of buying some of their top targets and that can only be a good thing in their quest to get promoted to the top flight.
They may also have a large sell clause percentage in this deal, although it remains to be seen if he will be sold for a decent amount of money in the future given that he would already be at a premier behemoth. plan that will have the ability to keep it more than one side in the bottom half of the split.
For the player, he has the chance to make what looks like an exciting move and could potentially get plenty of first-team opportunities, so this is probably the perfect deal for all parties.