Alasdair Gold has explained that the Premier League clubs who expressed interest in signing Djed Spence on loan wanted to add an option or obligation to buy the right-back permanently.

Tottenham confirmed on transfer deadline day that Spence had joined Rennes on loan before announcing the arrival of Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon.

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While Spence’s departure did not come as a surprise, the right-backs’ choice of destination certainly did, particularly given that a whole host of English clubs were credited with an interest in the 22-year-old.

The likes of Brentford, Leicester City (Football.London), Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Southampton, West Ham United, Middlesbrough and Burnley (90 min) were all said to be keen on snapping up the former Middlesbrough man.

Responding to a question from a Spurs fan on social media about why Spence did not join one of those clubs, Gold hinted that none of them were willing to settle for a straight loan deal.

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There was also the additional risk of Spence being used primarily as a backup player in a Premier League club while he is more likely to get regular game time at Rennes. 

The Ligue 1 club’s boss Bruno Genesio has played with three at the back over recent weeks, which should help Spence improve on specific skillsets that would be required of him at Spurs.

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