Rangers-linked EFL star Djed Spence, who is valued at around £5m and has been described as a player with “enormous ability”, has joined Nottingham Forest on loan.
The Middlesbrough player was linked with the Gers back in April by ESPN.
It was asserted that Rangers, Wolves and Everton were monitoring Spence, who can play at right-back or right-wing.
Wolves were said to be leading the race at that point, with Boro expected to listen to bids in excess of £5m.
However, no permanent move materialised, and instead, the 21-year-old has headed out on loan to another Championship club.
Forest announced the loan transfer from their second-tier rivals on Wednesday, stating: ‘the signing has been approved by the EFL following the passing of the transfer deadline last night at 11pm.’
✍️ Djed Spence signs on a season loan from Middlesbrough
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) September 1, 2021
Spence had made four early-season appearances for Boro but dropped out of the team towards the end of last month and will now hope to go straight into the starting XI at the City Ground.
Boro boss Neil Warnock has referred him as a player with “enormous ability” [Northern Echo] and “all the tools” [Teesside Live] to make it to the very top but has also appeared to question his attitude.
Rangers are well-stocked on the right side of defence, with skipper James Tavernier and Scotland international Nathan Patterson competing for playing time.
Steven Gerrard isn’t quite as blessed with genuine right wing options, but with Spence failing to notch an assist in his 70 career appearances for Boro, it’s hard to make a case that he’d bring extra quality to that area of the squad right now.
Perhaps the Gers will be keeping an eye on him at Forest though, in case he starts to fulfil his considerable potential.
In a boost for Rangers on the other flank, a powerful player has returned to training having missed the last two matches.