Loan Moves, Departures, and Managerial Plans Unveiled

Tottenham Hotspur have taken steps to offload surplus players ahead of the impending transfer deadline, with Djed Spence being loaned to Leeds United for the duration of the season.

Spence, who was acquired by Spurs from Middlesbrough for an initial fee of £12.5 million last summer, struggled to gain the approval of former manager Antonio Conte. Conte infamously labeled him as a club signing. In the previous January, Spence was loaned to Rennes, where he enjoyed a starting position in his initial nine matches before losing his spot and sustaining a knee injury, which resulted in an early return.

The preseason under the leadership of Tottenhams new manager, Ange Postecoglou, was considered a crucial opportunity for Spence to prove himself. However, he only featured in a single friendly match, coming on as a substitute in the defeat against Barcelona during the 72nd minute. Subsequently, Postecoglou did not include the 23-year-old in any of the Premier League squads.

Spence, who remains under contract with Tottenham until 2027, now joins Joe Rodon, another Tottenham loanee, at Leeds United. Rodon had spent the previous season on loan at Rennes. Leeds will cover the entirety of Spence’s salary during his loan period, and there is no provision for a purchase option at the end of the arrangement.

Postecoglou is currently under pressure to streamline the squad, especially due to the presence of 20 senior players who are not considered locally trained, whereas Premier League regulations allow a maximum of 17 such players within a 25-man squad.

Hugo Lloris, who has enjoyed an illustrious 11-year tenure at the club, is still in the process of negotiating the terms of his departure. He is likely to be among those departing, which would help Postecoglou address the quota of non-locally trained players. Additionally, Postecoglou aims to part ways with Sergio Reguilón and Tanguy Ndombele, both of whom have been excluded from the squad since the start of the season. Ndombele, whose contract with Spurs runs until 2025, has garnered interest from Italian clubs, having spent the previous season on loan at Napoli.

Postecoglou is open to retaining Giovani Lo Celso in the absence of a suitable buyer, while Bryan Gil’s ongoing recovery from groin surgery suggests he is likely to stay. The future of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Davinson Sánchez, and homegrown defender Japhet Tanganga remains uncertain. Højbjerg, who has been frequently linked with Atlético Madrid, is now also associated with a move to Manchester United.

Efforts to move on Eric Dier persist, despite his popularity and seniority within the squad during his nine years of service at the club. The defender, who is set to become a free agent next summer as he declines to extend his contract, has been excluded from Postecoglou’s plans.

Dier will only leave if a suitable opportunity arises, with a move to Serie A potentially appealing to him. The 49-cap English international is categorized as a non-homegrown player by the Premier League due to his upbringing in Portugal from the age of seven.