Tottenham are confident that they will beat Nottingham Forest to the signing of Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, 90min understands.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2021/22 season on loan at the City Ground and was voted into the Championship Team of the Year after helping Forest to promotion via the play-offs.

Steve Cooper’s side had hoped to keep Spence and were prepared to pay a club-record fee for his permanent services but look set to be pipped to his signature by Spurs, who are long-term admirers of his.

90min understands Tottenham’s final offer to Boro will come to around £20m and they are close to agreeing personal terms over a long-term contract.

Spence is set to become Spurs’ third signing of the summer having already agreed a deal for Ivan Perisic on the opposite flank and Fraser Forster as backup goalkeeper.

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