Report: Spurs on verge of deal for defender – medical could take place within next 48 hours

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Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of a complete agreement with Middlesbrough for Djed Spence, according to The Athletic.

The report claims that talks between Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, his Boro counterpart Steve Gibson and Spence’s agent Scott Smith have seen a breakthrough having been made in what has been a protracted transfer saga.

Spence is said to be set to undergo his medical with the north Londoners within the next 48 hours should the deal become finalised.

The England Under-21 international spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest where he played a key role in helping Steve Cooper’s side secure promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.

Tottenham are set to fly home from South Korea on Sunday on the back of a pre-season double header against Team K-League and Sevilla.

Spence would become Tottenham’s sixth signing of an unprecedented transfer window having already secured the arrivals of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona.

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The Spence discussions appear to have dragged on for weeks on end and thankfully they look to be reaching a satisfactory conclusion which would allow the young defender to link up with Tottenham in plenty of time for the new season and allow him to adapt to Conte’s methods.

His arrival will now raise questions over the future of Emerson Royal, with Matt Doherty the more likely player to remain and compete with Spence at right wing-back.

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