After missing out on Djed Spence in the summer, a Sky Sports report about a Spurs outcast who David Moyes wants has given West Ham a lift.
In the summer, West Ham and fierce rival Tottenham Hotspur were linked by a shared interest in a number of players.
Both West Ham and Tottenham prioritised bolstering their right-back positions throughout the summer.
Djed Spence, who was reportedly a target for Moyes, was signed by Spurs before West Ham, and the Hammers never resolved the problem, which has cost them dearly all season.
The 22-year-old had a good season in the Championship with Forest the previous year and was being pursued by a number of teams, including West Ham.
Antonio Conte said that it was not his decision to sign the daring right-back even though he chose to join Spurs (Daily Mail).
And it has manifested. Spence has only made five Premier League appearances for Tottenham this year (WhoScored).
The Times reported before the World Cup break that Spurs would be willing to let Spence go on loan during the January transfer window.
Dean Jones, a journalist, stated that that would be the case for the right-back earning £25k per week.
Jones, billed as GIVEMESPORT’s transfer insider, said: “They’re open to letting him go, but it needs to be to a club that can quickly get him up to the levels to play in the same sort of system that is going to help him at Spurs, so it’s not as simple as just finding him a loan deal.“
After missing out on Spence in the summer, Moyes now wants the outcast from Spurs, according to a Sky Sports report.
Spence will be permitted to join a Premier League opponent on loan this month, claims Sky Sports writer Michael Bridge, a Spurs fan with insider contacts.
Even if he has to wait until deadline day, he can still see the Tottenham right-back going.
“Djed Spence out of the three (right-backs at Spurs) would be the one I expect to go out on loan,” Bridge said on Sky Sports.
“Spurs paid decent money for him from Middlesbrough, Antonio Conte’s been quite open by saying he’s a club signing. I think he would look to maybe get a Premier League loan.
“I think we’ll be talking about Djed Spence, potentially the last day or two of the window… Thankfully I’m there tomorrow for the press conference, so plenty to talk to Antonio about.”
Despite previous tense relations between the two boardrooms, which led to an unofficial transfer embargo between the two rivals, Daniel Levy may be willing to strike a deal with the Hammers for Spence given that lowly West Ham is not a major danger to Tottenham this season.
West Ham must inquire because Spence, a native of London, is precisely the kind of contemporary, pacy right-back that Moyes requires to help get in behind and support assaults.