The Times journalist Martin Hardey has revealed that Tottenham have now submitted an improved offer for Djed Spence, but it has still not proved to be enough to clinch the deal. 

The negotiations between Spurs and Middlesbrough have been ongoing for several weeks, and The Mail’s Sami Mokbel explained on the Last Word on Spurs YouTube channel this week that Tottenham remain unwilling to meet Boro’s asking price of £20m.

The Evening Standard reported on Thursday that Spurs retained hope the 21-year-old would be signed before the squad fly out to South Korea for their pre-season tour – although it has now proved too little too late. 

It was contradicted at the time by Alasdair Gold, who said on his YouTube channel that while Tottenham are hopeful they will get Spence, the deal is unlikely to be completed before the squad fly out to Korea on Saturday.

Hardey has taken to social media to reveal that Antonio Conte’s men have now increased their offer by £2m, but even the new bid falls short of the Championship club’s valuation of Spence.

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Some Spurs fans are assuming that it is Spurs who are haggling Boro on the price. However, it could actually be Boro who are shifting the goalposts and trying to squeeze out as much as possible for the 21-year-old.

It is not as simple as simply expecting Tottenham to pay the extra £2m-£5m to sign Spence. Players have a certain market value and a full-back like Spence, who has not played in the top flight, is not worth upwards of £20m.

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