Tottenham have confirmed the signing of full-back Djed Spence from Middlesbrough as Antonio Conte’s side continue their summer spending spree.

Spence is Spurs’ sixth signing of the summer as they prepare for life back in the Champions League.

Spurs will reportedly pay an initial fee of £12.5 million ($14.8m) to bring Spence to north London, with a further £7.5m ($9m)potentially due in add-ons if certain clauses are met.

Tottenham’s official statement reads: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Djed Spence from Middlesbrough.

“The right-back has signed a contract that will run until 2027.”

An attack-minded full-back, he will be expected to provide a forward thrust from right-wing-back for Conte’s side in his favoured 3-4-3 formation.

Spence spent the 2021-22 season on loan at Championship side Nottingham Forest, and played a crucial role in the club earning promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since 1999.

The 21-year-old made 50 appearances in all competitions for Steve Cooper’s side, and was particularly impressive against Arsenal and Leicester City during Forest’s run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

He was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season and the PFA Championship Team of the Year, having won the Championship player of the month and goal of the month awards for March.

Spence said: “Last year was a great season, the stuff of dreams really.

“To play in the Premier League is a dream come true.

“I am just thankful that I have got here and I am going to get an opportunity to play in the Premier League at a big club like Tottenham.”

Tottenham have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs during the summer window as Conte looks to build on last season’s fourth-place finish and prepare his squad for its return to the Champions League.

Spence is the sixth senior arrival of the off-season and joins Clement Lenglet, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Richarlison and Fraser Forster.


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