West Ham eye Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence
West Ham are among a number of clubs who are interested in Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, according to Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath.
Writing via his latest ‘transfer notebook’ on the Telegraph website, McGrath reported that Spence, 20, is on West Ham’s radar this summer while the London-born flyer is also wanted by Norwich and Everton.
Spence is an attack-minded right-back who can also play as a wing-back and made 38 Championship appearances for Middlesbrough last season, scoring one goal in the process.
Do we need a right-back?
David Moyes has several positions in his squad that need bolstering this summer but the right-back area is one that should be fine.
Vladimir Coufal, Ben Johnson, Ryan Fredericks and, if needs be, Craig Dawson can all play there.
We can only imagine that they want Spence as a signing for the future but if that’s the case, we might see someone like Fredericks moved on to make room for the ex-Fulham full-back.
It might not be too difficult to sign Spence, anyway.
Earlier this month, the Northern Echo reported that Middlesbrough are “willing to listen to offers” for the youngster.
In April, ESPN claimed that a bid of at least £5million would be enough to prise Spence away from The Riverside Stadium.
Wolves were reportedly leading the race for his signature back then with Rangers and Tottenham also keen.
Jose Mourinho was said to be an admirer of Spence last summer when he was in charge of Spurs when the Boro ace was valued at £10million [ESPN].
His value has been slashed in half now though with him in the final two years of his contact at Boro so there’s no time like the present for the Hammers step up and make a move if they really do want him.
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