Tottenham are tracking Middlesbrough fullback Djed Spence after the 19-year-old impressed their manager Jose Mourinho, according to the Evening Standard.
The newspaper reports that the Portuguese boss has been tracking the youngster since his academy days at Fulham.
Spence played alongside Mourinho’s son, who was a goalkeeper with the Cottagers before being released in 2017. He has been keeping tabs on him since then and saw him up close during Boro’s 1-1 draw versus Spurs in the FA Cup last weekend.
The teenager has only made nine senior appearances, but an injury crisis forced Jonathan Woodgate into blooding some youngsters in recent games.
The move paid off, though, with Spence’s introduction into the team in early December coinciding with a run of five victories in seven Championship games, with the points helping the Teessiders to move away from the relegation places.
With just 18 months left to run on his contract at the Riverside Stadium, though, Boro will be keen to tie him down for the long term.