Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked to Djed Spence ahead of the summer transfer window, however, Sky Sports presenter Joe Thomlinson can’t see a deal going through.
Spence has spent the season out on loan with Nottingham Forest but is now set to return to parent club Middlesbrough following the conclusion of the campaign.
But having helped Steve Cooper’s side to promotion to the Premier League, it is believed Boro are prepared to let the right wing-back go for the right fee this summer.
However, Thomlinson does not believe Spence would fit into Conte’s scheme as a young player with no Premier League experience.
Speaking on Football Daily’s Sunday Vibes, he said: “We’ve seen him do it everywhere he’s gone, Conte – he signs players that are upwards of 26 that have been proven at European and elite league level. I would be incredibly surprised to see a player like Djed Spence arrive at Tottenham.
“I think somebody like Thomas Meunier is a more likely option, to be honest with you, than a Djed Spence. I think he’d rather be opening up the doors for 29/30-year-old wing-backs and full-backs that have been at the top level and done it consistently.”
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TIF Thoughts on Thomlinson’s comments…
Having all but completed the signing of Perisic for the left side of the defence, there would certainly be a huge gulf in experience if Spence was to line up at right wing-back.
However, Conte has shown a lot of faith in Ryan Sessegnon this season, so it would not surprise us too much if Spence was to be given a chance at Spurs.
Having impressed for Forest this season, it has drawn the attention of the likes of Bayern Munich, so it could be a case of signing Spence this summer or risk losing out to another club.