Tottenham have given Djed Spence the ‘green light’ to go out on loan in January with the wing-back struggling for game time under Antonio Conte.
The England Under-21 international joined Tottenham over the summer but will be allowed to leave on loan this month with Southampton and Leicester are among a host of clubs looking to sign the 22-year-old while Lyon in Ligue 1 are also considering a move for the Englishman.
Spence has often had to watch Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty fight it out for the right-back berth but will now be told to get some minutes elsewhere as they look to wrap up a move for Sporting Lisbon’s Pedro Porro.
Spurs’ £32.5million bid was knocked back but talks with the Portuguese side resumed on Wednesday over a revised structure of payments, plus bonuses.
The Negotiations over Porro have been back and forth since the start of the month, with Sporting determined to recoup €45m (£39.7m) – the value of his buyout clause. Spurs have tried to structure a deal that would see them pay less immediately, with a sell-on clause relating to Marcus Edwards discussed.
Here’s the details of today’s meeting as reported by Portuguese guru 💻[@BrunoAndrd] :
- 🚨Negotiations between Tottenham Hotspur and Sporting CP over Pedro Porro deal have advanced considerably today.
- 🧩There has been two meetings today, with the second of those currently in progress.
- 💶The fee will be €45M once the deal is closed.
Pedro Porro: martelo entre Tottenham e Sporting ainda não foi batido, mas as negociações hoje têm avançado de forma considerável. Duas reuniões no mesmo dia, inclusive – a segunda está a decorrer. A venda para o clube inglês, se fechada mesmo, vai ser por 45 milhões de euros
— Bruno Andrade (@brunoandrd) January 25, 2023
Porro, who has also operated as a right wing-back for Sporting, has made 96 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals and providing 20 assists. Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, Tottenham striker Harry Kane expects to hold contract talks over the coming months, but remains focused on trying to win his first trophy for the club.