Nottingham Forest are trying to tie down loanee Djed Spence to a permanent deal at the City Ground this month, according to Alan Nixon of The Sun.
The 21-year-old arrived at the Reds on transfer deadline day in August on a loan deal until the end of the season from Championship rivals Middlesbrough, and since then has become a key part of Forest’s side.
Utilised in a right-wing-back role, Spence has featured 18 times for the Tricky Trees in the second tier, scoring his only goal against Birmingham City back in October.
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There were fears that Spence was to be recalled by Boro at the start of this month due to not only his good form but also a COVID-19 scare at the Riverside Stadium.
Forest though have been able to negotiate him remaining on Trentside for the remainder of the campaign, and now they’re trying to tie Spence down to a full-time, long-term contract for a transfer fee.
If Forest are able to bring Spence in on a permanent contract then that is a major coup and statement of intent.
Spence was attracting interest from Premier League clubs in the summer despite not always being a regular with Boro but he’s really flourished with regular game-time at the City Ground.
He fits in with their business plan of wanting to sign players under the age of 26 but it would be a major shock if Boro just let him go that easily.
They’re obviously happy with him developing at a potential promotion rival but at the same time you’d have to assume they’ll hold out for a multi-million pound transfer fee if they are even going to consider letting him go.