Middlesbrough manager, Chris Wilder, has given an update on the Djed Spence situation, insisting he is confident the young right-wing-back will get his move if the going rate is paid. 

Tottenham have already scooped Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster on free deals, while Yves Bissouma was signed from Brighton last week.

Football Insider revealed earlier this month that Spurs were confident of signing Spence after the Bissouma deal was complete. However, Fabrizio Romano claimed a bid had not yet been sent by the North London club. 

The Guardian claimed that Spurs had agreed on a £20m fee for Spence, but that was dismissed by Alasdair Gold.

The Telegraph reported that Middlesbrough want £15m-£20m for the right-back, while Spurs were only offering £10m up front.

Tottenham are expected to hold further talks with Boro this week, with Daniel Levy taking the lead on fresh negotiations according to Sky Sports (14:37 – 21/6/22). 

Chris Wilder has now revealed details behind the deal, claiming that Middlesbrough have set a fair price and all three parties will hopefully walk away satisfied by the end of negotiations.

He said (BBC Radio Tees Sport via Football London): “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.

“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.

“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.”

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The way Wilder is talking makes it sound like Spurs are the only realistic destination for Spence, although he doesn’t specifically name-drop the North London club. This deal will probably stretch on for a week or two before the clubs meet somewhere in the middle on the price.

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