Spence completes “dream” Spurs switch

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Defender Djed Spence says it’s “a dream come true” after completing a £20million move from Middlesbrough to Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur (14/1 Premier League Outright).

The 21-year-old caught the eye during a season-long loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 2021/22, playing 46 games across all competitions as they won promotion to the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Forest were initially keen to make his loan move permanent but interest from some of the more established top-flight clubs saw the newly-promoted club fall by the wayside.

Tottenham (8/11 Top Four Finish) soon emerged as the frontrunners to snap up the exciting right wing-back and they officially announced the deal on Tuesday.

Spurs have handed over a five-year contract and paid Boro an initial £12.5million with a potential £7.5million in performance-related add-ons.

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Spence told Tottenham’s official website: “I bring excitement, skill, speed. I just want to excite the fans and play well.

“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.”

Spence, who was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season and the PFA Championship Team of the Year for 2021/22, is Tottenham’s sixth signing of the summer as Antonio Conte (pictured) looks to improve on last term’s fourth-place finish.

Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma and Richarlison have all been drafted in on permanent deals with Clement Lenglet agreeing a loan move from Barcelona.

Tottenham begin the 2022/23 campaign on August 6 with a home fixture against Southampton (Match Betting – Tottenham 4/11, Draw 19/5, Southampton 7/1).

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Author: Lucas Carlson