Chris Wilder is confident that Middlesbrough defender Djed Spence will get a transfer sorted out with Tottenham keen to clinch a deal for the talented youngster. Joining Nottingham Forest on loan at the start of last campaign, the 21-year-old played a major role in Steve Cooper’s side winning promotion via the play-offs after delivering some towering performances over the course of the term.
His displays subsequently alerted Premier League teams and clubs across Europe, with Spurs’ managing director of football Fabio Paratici wanting to tie up a transfer for Spence as the Lilywhites look to strengthen at right wing-back ahead of next campaign. Making it clear that Middlesbrough have set a fair price for their player, Wilder appears to have hinted that Tottenham are the only club involved in signing the England U21 international after claiming that “all three parties will get round the table and get this sorted out”.
“Well we want the going rate. The negotiators, with my input, we’ve set a price and a fair price. We don’t want to hold anybody back,” he told BBC Radio Tees Sport. “Djed has made it clear that he wants to go play in the Premier League, he’s earned that opportunity which he has done. You cannot get away from the fact that he’s had an incredible season and with that comes interest but it has to be at that right price.
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“While we’ll not pay over the odds, we as a football club have got to set a fair and reasonable price for that to happen. I’m confident all three parties will get round the table and get this sorted out. If that happens then I’m sure we’ll all walk away happy with the deal.
“We’ve got good players underneath, as we’ve talked about in terms of Izzy Jones and his progression last season. We’ve got a player who has had a fabulous season and got his rewards for that in terms of a big move and we’ve got the going rate for the England U21 top right wing-back of English descent.”
Spence registered three goals and five assists in his 46 games in all competitions for Nottingham Forest in 2021/22.
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