The Sixth Spence! Tottenham confirm £20m signing of Djed Spence from Middlesbrough… with the right-back becoming Antonio Conte’s SIXTH signing of the summer
- Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Djed Spence from Middlesbrough
- The right-back becomes Antonio Conte’s sixth signing of the summer so far
- Spence joins after an impressive season out on loan at Nottingham Forest
Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Djed Spence from Middlesbrough on a five-year deal.
The right-back joins the club for £20million and becomes their sixth addition of the summer.
He follows Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet through the door in a busy transfer window for Antonio Conte’s side.
Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence
Spence told Tottenham’s official website: ‘Playing in the Premier League for a big club like Tottenham Hotspur is a dream come true.
‘I’m just thankful to have the opportunity to be here and to play for the club.
‘Everyone wants to play in the Premier League and as a kid you watch it, it was a target of mine. A big club, Champions League football and you’ve got some of the best players that play here so it’s a privilege to be here.
Spence becomes Antonio Conte’s side’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window
‘I’ll bring excitement, skill, speed, I just want to excite the fans and just play well.’
The 21-year-old had long been linked with a move to Tottenham after a stunning year on-loan at Nottingham Forest.
Spence played a key part in helping Forest reach the Premier League for the first time since 1999 – after they beat Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final.
Further recognition came at the end of the 2021/22 campaign, as he was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season and the PFA Championship Team of the Year.
Spence wrote a message to Forest fans on Tuesday morning in which he tweeted: ‘What a massive club, what a team & what special fans. We came from the bottom & made it all the way to the top. We turned dreams into reality and I can’t thank you all enough for the special journey we all shared together. Once a Red always a Red.’
Spence joins on the back of a successful year with promoted Nottingham Forest on loan
Spence was named in the England Under-21 squad for the first time in March, making his debut against Albania. His most recent call-up came in May, 2022, helping the Young Lions secure their place at next year’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
He returns to London after leaving Fulham’s academy for Teeside in 2018.
Spence will compete for a starting role as Conte’s right wing-back, alongside Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal.
Daniel Levy has backed manager Conte this summer after an impressive fourth-placed finish last season secured Champions League football.
The Italian boss has already signed forward Richarlison from Everton for £60m, £25m midfielder Bissouma, plus wing-back Perisic and goalkeeper Forster on free transfers and Barcelona defender Lenglet on loan.