TOTTENHAM are yet to table a formal offer for Djed Spence, with Middlesbrough officials still waiting to discover the Premier League club’s valuation of their in-demand full-back.

Spence is set to leave Teesside on a permanent basis this summer, having enjoyed a successful loan spell at Nottingham Forest last season.

He is valued at around £20m, and his departure will help fund Boro’s summer transfer business, with head coach Chris Wilder having concluded that he already has a ready-made right wing-back in the shape of Isaiah Jones. Wilder’s faith in Jones resulted in Spence remaining at the City Ground when Boro could have recalled him in January.

Nottingham Forest are keen to re-sign the 21-year-old, with Steve Cooper having been hugely impressed with his contribution to last season’s successful promotion push, but Tottenham have also identified Spence as a key summer target.

Antonio Conte has instructed his recruitment team to sign Spence, and reports emerged in the last 24 hours suggesting a deal had been agreed with Boro.

However, senior sources close to Boro’s transfer dealings insist that is not the case, and are adamant there has not been an offer for them to discuss.

There have been no advanced talks with officials at Spurs, indeed the Boro hierarchy are still waiting to discover what Spurs are willing to pay up front for Spence, and what add-ons they are prepared to sign to up to as part of the deal.

Boro are determined to get the best possible price for Spence, who is currently on international duty with England Under-21s, but are also keen to protect themselves in case the youngster goes on to enjoy sustained success at the top level in the future.

Ideally, they would like the situation resolved as quickly as possible, as that would make it easier for them to press on with their own summer transfer business.

Boro are already pursuing deals, and have agreed a deal to sign defender Darragh Lenihan, who is a free agent after leaving Blackburn Rovers. Nathan Wood’s departure to Swansea City was confirmed on Friday night.

There is a chance another incoming deal could be completed this week, but given Spence’s £20m valuation, his situation will clearly have a major impact on Boro’s financial situation this summer.