Tottenham ‘on verge’ of reaching ‘full agreement’ to sign defender – ‘medical expected in 48 hours’

Lewis Oldham
Tottenham to sign Spence

According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur are ‘on the verge’ of reaching a ‘full agreement’ with Middlesbrough over the signing of Djed Spence.

Spurs have already signed five players ahead of the 2022/23 campaign. They have brought in Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Fraser Forster.

England U21 international Spence has been with Middlesbrough since 2018 but he spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest.

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The right-back was involved in eight goals last term. He helped Forest earn promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.

Nottm Forest were interested in signing him permanently this summer but Tottenham have been leading the race for his signature.

His contract at Middlesbrough runs until 2024 and he is understood to be valued at £20m.

David Ornstein of The Athletic is now reporting that Tottenham are ‘on the cusp of an agreement’ with Middlesbrough over the transfer.

There is said to have been a ‘breakthrough’ in talks between Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson and Spence’s agent Scott Smith.

It is now ‘expected’ that Spence will undergo his medical at Spurs ‘in the next 48 hours’.

Elsewhere, Fenerbache defender Kim Min-jae is reportedly ‘hoping’ to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer amid interest from Everton and Napoli.

Tottenham have already brought in the likes of Richarlison, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma this summer. They are also in the market for a new centre-back.

Following spells in South Korea and China, Min-jae signed for Fenerbache ahead of the 2021/22 campaign for around €3m.

The centre-back played 40 times for the Turkish side last term and this includes several outings in the Europa League.

Min-jae is Son Heung-Min’s international teammate. They are both key players for South Korea.

Area Napoli (via Sport Witness) are reporting that Min-jae is being considered by the Italian side as a replacement for Kalibou Kouliblay. The Senegal international is set to sign for Chelsea.

A separate report from Corriere del Mezzogiorno notes that Napoli ‘must beat competition’ from Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

The player is ‘hoping’ to join Tottenham, but it is noted that Antonio Conte ‘has made other choices for the heart of his defence’.

Fenerbache are clear that they want Min-Jae’s €18m exit clause ‘to be paid in one shot’ this summer.