Speaking to TalkSport on Monday morning, Andros Townsend has claimed that if Daniel Levy can efficiently finalise the Djed Spence deal to Tottenham, it will be a sign that the Spurs chairman has changed.
Spence impressed during his loan spell at Nottingham Forest last season, making 46 appearances and contributing to eight goals from right wing-back (TransferMarkt).
Chris Wilder, manager of Spence’s parent club Middlesbrough has suggested that he expects Spence to join Spurs this summer, as long as the North London club pay a fair fee (The Northern Echo).
However, Wilder also warned Spurs that the Teesiders will not be pressured into accepting a low offer for their talented youngster, something that Daniel Levy has made a habit of engineering in the past.
Townsend, who made 93 appearances during his time at White Hart Lane (TransferMarkt), has claimed that if Levy bites the bullet and gets the Spence deal over the line sooner rather than later, it will be a sign that Antonio Conte is getting the backing he demands.
He said (TalkSport): “Djed Spence is the key one.
“In the past, this would be the transfer fee that Daniel Levy would drag out until deadline day.
“I think it’s been reported that Spurs are way off Middlesbrough’s valuation, so this is the one if he really wants to back Conte.
“If he really has changed and gets this done within the next few weeks, then give Conte his man for the whole of pre-season.”
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Spurs fans will be hoping that they have seen the last of Levy waiting until deadline day to try and drive a player’s price down by £2 million. One thing is for sure, Conte will be tough to convince that this is a worthwhile strategy.
If Spurs can get Spence through the door before pre-season training begins, this would be hugely beneficial in acclimatising the player to life in N17.
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