Tottenham reportedly face competition from fellow London club Brentford in their pursuit of young English wing-back Djed Spence (Sun).
The Lilywhites have been linked with Spence, 21, since January with some media outlets reporting he was being watched closely by scouts and that Tottenham were leading the race for his signature (Goal.com).
In fact, ESPN journalist James Olley reported that Spurs had two separate bids turned down for Spence, with Boro holding out for a £15m fee.
Spence has impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest from fellow Championship outfit, Middlesbrough, grabbing 3 goals and 5 assists as a roaming right-back (Transfermarkt).
According to The Sun, Brentford are preparing a bid of around £15 million for the reported Spurs target.
If Spence is someone Conte wants in his squad, outmuscling a club like Brentford in terms of finances may be the type of ambition Conte would like to see from the Tottenham hierarchy and it will be interesting to see how willing Levy and Paratici are to enter a bidding war.
Spence would be a great option in the transfer market, a young hungry English wing-back who certainly has the quality and could potentially be a cheaper deal allowing for more budget to be used in other problem areas.
Although, I would argue he is not a guaranteed success and it would be a gamble. He could be another Aaron Lennon, but, by the same token, he could be another Jack Clarke.
Therefore, it would perhaps be better to let Brentford have this one and go for some more Premier League-proven options like Tyriq Lamptey or potentially even Brentford’s Rico Henry, both homegrown, but will be more pricey.
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