Leeds United are one of three Championship clubs considering signing Tottenham Hotspur right-back Djed Spence on loan, according to reports.
The 23-year-old has found minutes hard to come by since ditching Middlesborough for Spurs for £20m last summer and doesn’t seem to be in Ange Postecoglou’s plans.
Spence spent the second half of last season on loan with French club Rennes, where he made 10 appearances. The full-back has always seemed most comfortable in the Championship, though.
In the 2021/22 season, he made 39 league appearances while on loan with Nottingham Forest, scoring two goals and making five assists. He was arguably one of their most important players as they secured promotion to the Premier League.
As mentioned, he has been unable to secure a consistent spot in Tottenham’s starting XI, playing just 41 minutes of competitive football for the London club so far.
A loan could therefore be the best thing for Spence’s development. He could prove to be an ideal signing for Leeds, too, as they look to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Leeds have already signed Tottenham defender Joe Rodon on a season-long loan this summer, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Daniel Farke do similar with Spence. However, Spurs would ideally prefer to offload him permanently.
Championship clubs queue up to loan Djed Spence
According to journalist Ben Jacobs, there are plenty of clubs with Spence on their radar, but they only want to sign him on loan.
Speaking on Last Word on Spurs, Jacobs said: “I think Tottenham’s perspective would be exactly that, a permanent move, but at the moment it is loan options which have been presented to Spurs, which, might be okay,” he said.
“The only interest to date in his services is for loans and I think he would need to drop down to the Championship as well.
“There might be some late interest from other Ligue 1 clubs, and I would keep an eye on Strasbourg, who are now controlled by Blue Co who are the owners of Chelsea.
“Even though he’s not necessarily the profile – because it’s about young signings and possible French signings – this might be a slight exception to the rule so keep an eye on that but, again, that’s only being discussed as Strasbourg at the moment.
“As far as the Championship enquiries are concerned my understanding is they are for loans and there are three clubs I would keep an eye on if they decide to loan him, and those are Swansea, Bristol City and Leeds United.”
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Leeds, or indeed Swansea or Bristol City, can win the race for Spence’s signature.
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