Spurs are now open to letting a £20m star they beat West Ham to leave and David Moyes needs him at the London Stadium.

West Ham and bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur were linked with mutual interest in a number of players in the summer.

Both West Ham and Spurs were linked with Yves Bissouma before the north Londoners signed him from Brighton.

Serbian duo Nikola Milenkovic and Filip Kostic were both wanted by Moyes and Antonio Conte. Defender Milenkovic stayed with Fiorentina while Kostic went to Juventus.

One area that was a priority to strengthen for both West Ham and Tottenham in the summer was at right-back.

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Spurs beat West Ham to the signing of reported Moyes target Djed Spence and the Hammers never solved the issue, ending up having to move Thilo Kehrer there recently with mixed results.

Tottenham meanwhile also allegedly beat West Ham to bring young Italian fullback Destiny Udogie, just to rub salt in the wound.

Udogie was allowed to stay at Udinese on loan for the season but looks to very much be Tottenham’s future in that position.

And the same cannot be said for Spence.

The 22-year-old 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 one minute for Tottenham in the Premier League this season.

Now Spurs are open to letting the £20m star they beat West Ham to leave and Moyes needs him.

West Ham did not solve the right-back issue in the summer and it has come back to bite Moyes hard.

The Hammers are languishing just one point off the bottom three with neither Vladimir Coufal or Ben Johnson performing anywhere near the required level for a modern Premier League fullback.

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Last month The Times claimed Spurs are open to letting Spence leave on loan in the January window.

And now journalist Dean Jones has confirmed that is the case for the £25k per week right-back.

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.“

With West Ham no threat to Tottenham’s league position this season, the Hammers may find Daniel Levy is willing to do a deal with them for Spence despite previous frosty relations between the two boardrooms.

West Ham must ask the question because London boy Spence is exactly what Moyes needs, a pacy player who can help get in behind and support attacks.


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