Manchester United linked with £20m move for Boro right-back Djed Spence

Manchester United have been linked with a £20million summer transfer for Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence, who wants a Premier League transfer.

The 21-year-old impressed during his season-long loan spell at Nottingham Forest, alongside United mercenary James Garner.

The Mirror reports that United are interested in signing the England Under-21 international who made his Young Lions debut against Albania yesterday. But we are dealing with Premier League competition from the North London duo of Tottenham and Arsenal.

German giant Bayern Munich has also scouted Spence several times this season.

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But back at his mother club, Chris Wilder’s Boro has nurtured another young England marauding right-back who also caught United’s attention – Isaiah Jones.

With Jones flourishing for the Teesiders in Spence’s absence, a Premier League move beckons for right-back Forest, who has three goals and five assists to his credit for City Ground this season.

After getting his under-21 England debut from Lee Carsley, Spence spoke about his Premier League ambitions.

Spence said: “I always want to push myself and play with the best players and the best team. Of course it is an ambition of mine to play in the Premier League.

“I try to stay sober. I don’t read much into it. At the end of the day, I’m just here to enjoy my football. I have to stay focused, have tunnel vision and play well on the pitch.”

He received critical acclaim for his role in Forest’s FA Cup run, with a particularly strong performance in the club’s win over Arsenal.

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With Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot running out of time to take the right-back spot at Old Trafford, a new right-back could be targeted in the summer period.

But that decision rests with the club’s new permanent manager. Ethan Laird and Brandon Williams are also returning in pre-season preparation and are both hoping to establish themselves in United’s first-team next season.

Unfortunately for Spence, after United spent £50million (BBC Sport) at Crystal Palace to bring fellow Englishman Wan-Bissaka to Old Trafford, the Red Devils may be taking a different approach this summer, given the stagnation of our number 29.

Nevertheless, Spence is considerably more attacking and adventurous against Wan-Bissaka, but whether at Manchester United or not, it should come as no surprise to see Djed Spence shine in the Premier League next season.

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