Former Middlesbrough man Djed Spence set to end Tottenham stay with Serie A transfer deal mooted

Djed Spence of Genoa
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Djed Spence's disastrous spell at Tottenham could be coming to an end this summer, with talks said to be ongoing to make his loan move to Italian side Genoa a permanent one.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has stated Spurs are open to letting Spence go on a permanent basis, with Genoa keen to have him back after impressing in 16 appearances in Serie A in the second half of last season. However, Genoa are said to want to negotiate down an agreement in the original loan that allowed them to sign the right-back for £8.5 million.

Spence joined Tottenham from Boro in the summer of 2022 on the back of a successful, promotion-winning loan spell at Nottingham Forest. Boro negotiated a guaranteed £12.5 million fee for the sale, while performance-related add-ons - unlikely to now be met - could have taken the fee up to £20m in total. It's not known if Boro had any sell-on fee percentage attached to the deal.

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The 23-year-old has struggled to make an impact in North London, making only six appearances in the last two years. With first-team opportunities hard to come by, Spence went on loan in the second half of his first spell to Stade Rennais in France. He was then sent on loan to Leeds United last season, but the move was cut short with Daniel Farke rather cutting in explaining why he'd been sent back, suggesting there were 'professionalism' and 'discipline' issues.

Spence made more of a success of his move to Genoa in the second half of last season, however, with the Serie A side now keen to bring him back. It would bring an end to his time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Asked back in February why he didn't feel it had worked out for him at Spurs, Spence told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “This is football, I couldn’t explain the reasons. What’s certain is that when you don’t play it’s difficult to demonstrate your value.

"There’s no point in asking too many questions. But I believe that even in difficulty there’s always something to learn. Whichever coach you are, it makes you richer inside.”