Tottenham have signed Djed Spence from Middlesbrough on a five-year deal in a deal worth up to £20million.

The right-back, who had a medical at Hotspur Way on Friday, signed until June 2027 after Spurs agreed a deal that will see them paid an initial fee of £12.5million, with 7, Another £5m to come as a performance-related add-on. so.

The 21-year-old made 46 loan appearances for Nottingham Forest last season and there was a chance he joined Steve Cooper’s side on a permanent deal this summer.

But Spence became Spurs’ sixth major signing of the season, following the arrivals of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and loanee Clement Lenglet.

Djed Spence has signed a five-year contract with Tottenham after sealing his transfer from Middlesbrough

“Playing in the Premier League and for a big club like Tottenham is a dream come true,” Spence told Tottenham’s official website.

“I’m grateful to be here and to have the opportunity to play for the club. It’s a privilege to be here.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the players, the staff and of course the manager and training with the team.

“I’m a very laid-back character, I’m very humble. Everything revolves around football with me, I’ve dedicated my whole life to it.

“I will bring excitement, skill, speed. I just want to excite the fans and play well.”

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Mark McAdam details the latest on Djed Spence’s move to Tottenham and predicts what he will bring to the London side

Since Antonio Conte’s side were awarded Champions League football on the final day of the 2021-22 campaign, Tottenham have changed course in the transfer window and moved quickly to build a team that can fight. on several fronts for the coming season.

Spence, born in London, came through the academy at Fulham before moving to Middlesbrough in 2018, but saw his time at Teesside disrupted by the club’s lack of managerial stability.

Spence was signed by Boro during Tony Pulis’ tenure but won his first regular run under former Tottenham centre-back Jonathan Woodgate, who would be sacked after one year in the summer of 2020.

Next manager Neil Warnock used the versatile defender regularly during the 2020/21 campaign but let him move on and temporarily sign for Forest last season.

Spence’s form at the City Ground earned him England U21 recognition as he helped his loanee club to a rise via the Championship play-offs in May.

Spurs are really building something

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:

“Tottenham fans need to be thinking ‘what’s going on in this transfer window’ because normally they’re used to waiting until last week or deadline day to complete their signings.

“But there was a real push from Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici to say, ‘we want to get our stuff done early, we’re in the Champions League now and in a different market than we were in before’.

“When you look at the six signings they’ve made, it turns into Tottenham of Conte and Paratici. Signing a player like Ivan Perisic is a signing Conte would have pushed for, Fraser Forster is the cover for Hugo Lloris.

“Looks like signing Clement Lenglet on loan means he has another defender in mind. Conte could have his eye on Alessandro Bastoni’s contract situation at Inter Milan.

“Maybe if he doesn’t sign a new contract they can replace him next summer. Spurs are really building something.”

Djed Spence impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest last season

How did Spence fare in the Championship last season?

Sky Sports’ Dan Long:

At the start of last season, Djed Spence had already set to work establishing himself as a mainstay in the Middlesbrough side. He had played 60 championships before the age of 21 and was impressive along the way.

But then, seemingly out of the blue, he was loaned out to division rivals Nottingham Forest, with Isaiah Jones favored at right-back by then Boro boss Neil Warnock. It was at the City Ground that he became a hot commodity.

He wowed Reds fans with his blistering pace of attacking intent, crossing ability and penchant for shooting from distance – he won the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month in March – but also proved that he was not a one-trick pony with impressive defensive performances, too – for context, Forest have kept 17 clean sheets in the 39 league games they have played, excluding play-offs.

Djed Spence is one of the most successful players in the Championship this season.
Djed Spence was among the most successful players in the Championship last season

It was during the run to the FA Cup quarter-finals that he began to pique the interest of several Premier League sides, with Arsenal and Spurs among those who would be interested at the time.

There is, of course, plenty of room for improvement given his age, but it has to be said that the loan spell couldn’t have gone much better than it did. He also broke into the England U21 set-up as a direct result.

Following Forest’s final play-off victory over Huddersfield in May, Spence tweeted at Warnock a photo of himself in the Wembley dressing room, a cigar in his mouth, a scarf wrapped around his head, the trophy at his feet , apparently aiming for a dig at his former manager.

“Well done, Djed – I did say you were Premier League or non-League,” he replied. “I’m glad you listened to me and took my advice, go now and enjoy your success.”

Something that started as career advice has become a reality as Spence is set to start 2022/23 as a Premier League player.

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