Arsenal, Spurs do battle for ‘unbelievable’ full-back

Will Ford

Middlesbrough are bracing themselves for bids from both Tottenham and Arsenal for Djed Spence on Deadline Day.

Spence is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from Boro, where he has established himself as one of the top young talents in the Championship this season.

And his performances have sparked interest from Arsenal and Spurs, with The Northern Echo claiming both north London clubs are ‘lining up offers’ for the 21-year-old full-back.

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Reports claim Boro have previously been asking for £10million for Spence, though his stellar displays for Forest may well have increased his value.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte has been looking to add a right wing-back to his squad in January, and having missed out on Adama Traore, could turn to Spence, who would address that problem.

Tottenham have also been linked with moves for Juventus pair Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur, but are yet to get any January deals over the line.

The same is true of Arsenal, who have have spent much of the window chasing a striker, coming unstuck in their bid to land top target Dusan Vlahovic.

But they have first hand experience of Spence’s quality having come up against him in the FA Cup, a game in which Gunners legend Ian Wright described the full-back’s performance as “unbelievable”.

On Saturday, Tony Cascarino claimed that Tottenham and Arsenal have the “same problem” when it comes to transfers:

“Players from abroad look at the CVs of football clubs.

“We all talk about the CV of a player and of a manager. We can talk about Antonio Conte’s and it’s a fantastic one. And we can talk about the facilities at Spurs and they are extraordinary, but they haven’t got a CV as a club.

“They haven’t got a haul of trophies have they, they haven’t won the Premier League, have they? They have been close a couple of times and, yes they are an attractive proposition, they’re a great football club, but they are not going to win a deal ahead of Liverpool, 9 times out of 10, at the moment.

“It’s like Manchester United. They hogged the transfer market. And there were people, like Alan Shearer and others, who turned them down but nearly every target that Fergie wanted, they went because of Fergie and the success the club was having. It was an easy choice for players.

“If you’re a wanted player, lots of players get hijacked. Not everyone gets everyone they want.

“There are clubs who get spoilt for choice sometimes because a player is desperately wanting to come to you.

“The manager does have a big play in it. Conte is a terrific manager. I just think they are having a difficult time getting the type of player he thinks is needed and getting them over the line is really tough.

“It’s the same problem for Arteta. He’s got the same problem as Spurs have got.”