According to the same outlet, Spurs have launched a sizeable €20m bid in their quest to lure the England youth international to the English capital after seeing him shine in the Championship last season with Nottingham Forest.
Speaking of Forest, the promoted side are thought to be interested in pursuing a permanent agreement and 90min believes they are even prepared to break their transfer record to take him to the City Ground on a permanent basis, something that will be needed with Boro set to demand more than £15m for his signature.
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The Teesside outfit look as though they are open to selling the 21-year-old following the emergence of Isaiah Jones on the right-hand side – and may want to generate a sizeable fee for Spence whilst they can with two years remaining on his contract at the Riverside.
Spurs insider John Wenham previously told Football Insider that he was 99% confident Spurs would beat Forest in the race for the Englishman’s services with journalist Fabrizio Romano adding that Conte’s side are currently in pole position to land him.
However, Spence is yet to make a decision on his future according to FootballTransfers, potentially providing Forest with the opportunity to derail Tottenham’s attempts to get this agreement over the line.
Both moves have pros and cons – and Forest have to admit that Tottenham is an attractive destination because he will fit into Conte’s system perfectly as a wing-back and with that – could thrive with the chance to improve in training with some world-class players.
If he’s a regular starter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as well, that would be a real bonus, with European football potentially on offer for the 21-year-old if he’s given the chance to shine in the Champions/Europa League next term.
Again, plying his trade against some of the best players in Europe can only help the England youth international to get better so this is why he needs to consider a move to north London.
If he wants to guarantee himself regular starts though, his best destination might be the City Ground because Steve Cooper already knows he can be trusted to do a good job and in a familiar setting, it probably won’t take him much time to adapt to the top flight.
And if he thrives in the East Midlands, he can then go on to secure himself to another club in the future, so he shouldn’t rush a move to a club competing in Europe.