Serie A newcomers Genoa are reportedly on the verge of acquiring the services of Tottenham Hotspur misfit Djed Spence on a short-term loan.
As per Fabrizio Romano, talks are in advanced stages, with Spurs willing to sanction their forgotten man’s move to Italy until the remainder of the season with an option to buy.
While it’s not mandatory, the Griffins will have the benefit of a buyout clause set at around €10 million, provided the 23-year-old defender revives his faltering career at Luigi Ferraris.
Following an impressive season-long stint at Nottingham Forest in 2021/22, Tottenham struck a deal with Middlesbrough to sign the attacking-minded full-back for £20m.
At the time, Spence was considered among the hottest prospects in English football as Spurs tied him down to a five-year contract, hoping he’d be a long-term solution to their right-back issues.
However, it went all wrong for Spence in his maiden season in north London, with former manager Antonio Conte handing the defender only four minutes of Premier League action in the first part of 2022/23.
Understandably frustrated with a lack of game time, he left his homeland for a six-month loan at Rennes, where he had enjoyed a bright start before tumbling down the pecking order.
Spence returned to Tottenham last summer, only to join Leeds United in a last-ditch attempt to secure regular first-team football.
It took the Whites less than six months and only seven games in the Championship to terminate his ill-fated loan deal, shipping him back to Spurs at the start of January.
As he has no future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the impending move to Genoa could be Spence’s last opportunity to get back on track.
Though it’s a near-certainty Spurs won’t recoup their investment, they could still use their outcast as a bargaining chip to bring Radu Dragusin to the Premier League.
One of Europe’s most sought-after defenders has been heavily linked with a move to London, but Bayern Munich’s interest threatens to spoil Spurs’ plans.
With both sides handed equal chances of snapping up the 21-year-old, Spence’s transfer could break the tie.
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