Tottenham Hotspur outcast Djed Spence is now at the centre of a six-way tussle for a last-gasp loan transfer. But it is currently unlikely that the right-back returns to Middlesbrough.

That is according to 90min, which reports Middlesbrough would consider Spence returning to the Riverside Stadium. But the Championship club are far from on the front row to get a deal with Tottenham, who only signed the defender from Boro in July for an initial £12.5m.

Spence’s transfer to Tottenham could end up costing Spurs up to £20m after add-ons over his five-year, £37k-a-week contract. Yet Antonio Conte has opposed affording the 22-year-old a key role in north London. He has featured for just 41 minutes across all competitions.

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Conte has fielded Spence six times from the bench and is yet to start the England U21 gem at all. The Italian has even omitted the defender from his last three Premier League teams. Spence has enjoyed a two-minute outing in the top-flight over Tottenham’s past 10 games.

So, Spurs chiefs are now willing to sanction a temporary move before next week’s deadline to secure him more minutes. Spence also has four suitors in the Premier League prepared to be destinations for a loan transfer. He could even step back down to the Championship.

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Middlesbrough now set their stance on Spence returning from Tottenham

A loan transfer for Spence interests AFC Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham United if Tottenham permit a deal. Burnley are also exploring his situation as Vincent Kompany’s side look to win the Championship during an already dominant term.

Middlesbrough, too, will consider Spence’s return to the Riverside on loan just six months after his transfer to Tottenham. But it is unlikely that the 22-year-old returns to Teesside, where ex-Spurs midfielder Michael Carrick has turned the side into promotion contenders.

Boro sit sixth in the second-tier standings in a wide-open race for the play-off places. They have turned their season around since appointing Carrick to replace Chris Wilder, who did not get to use Spence. Wilder replaced Neil Warnock after the right-back had left on loan.

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Spence accepts he should leave north London in a loan transfer in January

Spence spent last season with Nottingham Forest and impressed with five assists and three goals. He also shone in the FA Cup to convince former West Ham winger Jobi McAnuff that Spence could make the step up to the Premier League following his transfer to Tottenham.

“Certainly, in terms of his attributes and does he have the capabilities to impress in the Premier League? Then, yes, there is no doubt about that,” McAnuff told Sky Sports.

“We saw during Nottingham Forest’s cup run last season against Arsenal and Leicester, he was outstanding. He has the potential to do that – he is an absolute revelation. His energy, athleticism, skill and he’s so positive. He gets on the ball and makes things happen.”

Spence’s transfer to Tottenham has not worked out and he may now leave on loan with six clubs, including Middlesbrough, interested. ESPN also reports that the full-back accepts he should leave north London, where he still wants to be a success, on loan during January.

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