‘I said okay’ – Conte reveals Djed Spence signing was the club’s idea

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Djed Spence
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Antonio Conte has revealed that it was the Tottenham hierarchy who proposed the idea of Djed Spence this summer.

On Tuesday, Spurs confirmed the arrival of Spence, who became the club’s six new signing of the transfer window.

According to reports, the north London club have agreed on an initial fee of £12.5m with Middlesbrough for the England Under-21 international, with the fee potentially rising to £20m including add-ons (Goal.com).

The 21-year-old had a breakthrough season on long at Nottingham Forest last season, and Tottenham fans will be hoping that he can add more dynamism down the right hand, which was lacking at times last season.

Speaking to Spurs TV two weeks ago, Conte was extremely complimentary about the additions of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet.

The Italian has now admitted that Spence was proposed to him by the club and that he gave the green light for the deal to be completed.

The 52-year-old told Football.London about Tottenham’s newest addition: “Spence is an investment of the club. The club wanted to do it. I said okay, this player is young but he showed he can become a good, important player for us. The club decided to buy him.”

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It has been well documented that Fabio Paratici is the man who drove Tottenham’s pursuit of Spence, having scouted him personally last season.

Conte evidently trusts Paratici’s judgement on the 21-year-old. Perhaps, the Spurs boss wants to take a closer look at the youngster over the next week or two before giving the green light for Emerson to be sold.

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