West Ham and bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur were linked with mutual interest in a number of players over the summer.
One area that was a priority to strengthen for both West Ham and Tottenham in the summer was at right-back.
Spurs beat West Ham to the signing of reported Moyes target Spence and the Hammers never solved the issue, which has been costing them dear all season long.
Spence lit up the Championship with Forest last season and was being courted by multiple clubs, including West Ham.
He opted to join Spurs but Conte admitted it was not his decision to sign the swashbuckling right-back (Daily Mail).
And it has showed. Spence has played just five minutes for Tottenham in the Premier League this season (WhoScored).
Conte’s refusal to use him is a clear indication he has no future at Spurs under him, especially considering the largely below par performances of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty.
West Ham made a grave error not signing young, modern, pacy full-backs on both sides of the pitch in the summer. It has contributed to a dismal season where the Hammers find themselves in the thick of a relegation battle.
There could be some hope for West Ham to finally get their hands on Spence, though, it seems.
Tottenham are in talks with Sporting CP over wing-back Pedro Porro.
And before the World Cup break The Times claimed Spurs would be open to letting Spence leave on loan in the January window. Journalist Dean Jones also confirmed that would the case for the £25k per week right-back.
Well now a new report has reiterated claims of a potentially rare transfer agreement between West Ham and Spurs for Spence in last week of window.
According to 90min, Spurs are very much looking to loan out Spence in the next seven days with West Ham one of three Premier League clubs interested.
It follows similar claims from Football.London in the last week stating Moyes still wants to bring Spence to West Ham.
While West Ham fans obviously wish they were up at the top end of the table competing for the European spots with Tottenham, the fact they are not this season may be an advantage in this particular deal.
The Hammers may find Daniel Levy is willing to do a deal with them for Spence despite previous frosty relations between the West Ham and Spurs boardrooms which has seen an unofficial transfer embargo between the two rivals for over a decade.
West Ham must ask the question because London boy Spence is exactly what Moyes needs, a modern, pacy right-back who can help get in behind and support attacks.