Tottenham expected to complete £15m defender signing

Tottenham are expected to have a very busy summer transfer window following the club securing a Champions League spot.

Antonio Conte’s impact at the Lilywhites has been significant, and there’s a strong belief amongst the Spurs fanbase that if the Italian is allowed to sign players who are tailored to this style of play, then the club could finish as high as third place next season.

The former Inter Milan manager’s 3-4-3 baseline system is very well known, and immediately upon arrival, he utilised this shape and drilled the Spurs backline into playing a successful back five without the ball.

Conte adopts a 3-2-5 shape in possession, consisting of three forward players and two wing-backs. While the attacking trio, usually consisting of Harry Kane, Son-Heung Min and Dejan Kulusevski, hit the ground running emphatically, the wing-backs delivered inconsistent quality.

It’s therefore expected that Conte will be looking to address this in the summer market, and recent reports have suggested that the Spurs manager is hoping to strike a deal for Middlesborough full-back Djed Spence, who has also previously been linked to Arsenal.

Boro are rumoured to be ready to sell Spence this summer, with an expected fee of more than £15m effectively set to fund the club’s own recruitment drive.

The right-back was in excellent form for Nottingham Forest last season, playing a crucial role in the East Midland side’s promotion to the Premier League and manager Steve Cooper is hopeful of securing the services of the 21-year-old on a permanent deal.

football.london, however, has previously reported that Spurs are one of the front runners in the race for Spence’s signature, and there is the expectation that the defender’s future will become much clearer in the coming days.

 

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