Tottenham have signed Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence to a five-year deal worth up to £20m.

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The right winger, who passed a medical on Friday, has signed a contract until June 2027.

Tottenham have agreed to a deal where they will pay an initial £12.5m, with another £7.5m coming in performance-related allowances.

The 21-year-old has made 46 appearances on loan at Nottingham Forest and had the chance to join the team on a full-time basis this summer.

But Spence was the sixth major English signing of the season after the arrival of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and loan Clement Lenglet.

“To play in the Premier League and for a big club like Tottenham, it’s a dream come true,” Spence told Tottenham’s official website.

Since Tottenham secured Champions League qualification at the end of the season, the club have changed tactics in the transfer window and quickly put together a side capable of fighting on multiple fronts in the coming season.

Spence worked his way through Fulham’s academy before moving to Middlesbrough in 2018, but his time at Teesside was disrupted by a lack of managerial stability at the club.

Spence was signed by Boro but earned his first consecutive run under former Tottenham centre-back Jonathan Woodgate, who will be sacked a year later in the summer of 2020.

The next manager used the all-rounder regularly in 2020/21 but allowed him to leave last season and sign Forest temporarily.

Spence’s form at the City Ground earned him England under-21 recognition as he helped his loan club climb to the Championship play-offs.

By the start of last season, Jed Spence had already begun work on establishing himself as a mainstay of the Middlesbrough team. He has made 60 under-21 league appearances and has been impressive all along.

The player impressed fans with his fast-paced offensive pace, cross-country ability and penchant for long-range shots. Forest kept 17 clean sheets in the 39 league games he played in, not counting the playoffs.

It was during the FA Cup quarter-final run, however, that he began to attract interest from several Premier League teams, among whom Arsenal and Tottenham were said to be interested at the time.

What started as career advice has become a reality as Spence is set to start the 2022/23 season as a Premier League player.

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