Middlesbrough are ‘increasingly resigned’ to losing Djed Spence this summer as interest in the player increases, according to ESPN.
The 19-year-old has two years remaining on his current contract at the Riverside but is said to be on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Brighton. Spence has made 20 appearances for the Championship club this season and according to WhoScored.com, his average performance rating stands at 6.57/10.
According to the report, Boro are likely to ask for £10m for the full-back who Neil Warnock has described as having ‘enormous ability’.
As well as the aforementioned Premier League clubs, ESPN also states that Burnley, Sheffield United and Southampton are monitoring the player’s situation.
In our view, given the interest in the player from a number of top-flight clubs, it could prove difficult for Middlesbrough to keep hold of the player for much longer. The Teesside club have endured a difficult season so far and as a result, Jonathan Woodgate was sacked last month and replaced by Neil Warnock.
Would you be tempted to cash in on Djed Spence?
Whilst the lure of a Premier League salary and the opportunity to play in the top flight may prove too appealing to resist from the defender’s point of view, there is an argument that if Boro could get £10m for Spence, they would benefit from cashing in and using it to improve the squad moving forward.
The full-back is said to be a ‘strong’ defender who likes to dribble and play short passes (as per WhoScored.com).