According to TeamTalk, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has reportedly cleared the path for summer signing, Djed Spence, to leave the club before the January transfer window closes.
Spence was signed from Middlesbrough for £20 million, but has failed to make an impression on Conte since joining the club.
With just six appearances in all competitions, Spence’s first-team prospects have been limited, and with recent additions to the squad, his role in the team is expected to be even more restricted.
Conte has been active in the transfer market since taking charge at Tottenham, investing heavily in a number of big-name players.
Last January, he signed both Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus, and over the summer, seven new players joined the team, with Richarlison being the most expensive signing at £60 million.
With the January window open again, Conte has made his first move by sealing the loan signing of Arnaut Danjuma from Villarreal.
Additionally, Tottenham are reportedly in talks over a deal for Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, which if completed, will leave the team with four senior right-backs.
The Porro signing will likely further limit Spence’s first-team prospects, and reports suggest that Conte has decided to let him move on.
Southampton were among the teams that were considering a move for Spence earlier in the window, but their interest has reportedly faded.
According to Football London, Brentford and Leicester are weighing up the possibility of signing Spence on loan until the end of the season, and there is also interest from Crystal Palace and Bayer Leverkusen
However, despite Spence’s limited role in the team, Conte reportedly does not want to permanently lose the player, as he is still seen as having potential to develop.
Therefore, a loan deal is considered the best course of action for now. This will allow Spence to continue his development and gain valuable experience elsewhere, while still being a part of the Tottenham squad.