The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur do not fear another club hijacking their pursuit of Djed Spence, given the 21-year-old’s keenness to join the North London club.

It was reported as far back as a couple of weeks ago that Spurs were confident of swiftly agreeing a deal for Spence (Football Insider).

However, the negotiations seem to have dragged on since then, with The Guardian even reporting a few days ago that Middlesbrough are growing ‘irritated’ by the lack of a serious offer from Tottenham for the right-back and are ready to sell the player to Nottingham Forest instead.

There have seemingly been positive developments over the past 48 hours on the Spence front, with reports now indicating it is only a matter of time before the right-back becomes a Tottenham player (Rudy Galetti).

Eccleshare has now said that despite the delay, he expects Antonio Conte’s men to snap up the England Under-21 international as all three parties want the deal to go through.

The journalist told the Last Word on Spurs YouTube channel regarding Spurs’ pursuit of Spence: “I do think it will get done eventually, it’s worth remembering as well that even though it seems to have gone on for ages it’s only late June, he’s been on holiday and he’s played for the England U21s, so that has delayed it.

“He wants to go to Spurs so that puts Tottenham in a strong position because I feel that they’re less fearful that anyone will come in and scupper that deal.

“He wants it to be done, Spurs want it to be done, Middlesbrough want to make the sale and they just want the appropriate fee for him. I do still think that one will happen.”

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It has been clear right from the offset that Spence is our number one target for the right wing-back role. It appears as if Spurs are confident of winning the race for the 21-year-old, which is perhaps why they have haggled with Boro to get the best possible price.

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