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Tottenham could be given the upper hand in their pursuit of Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence this summer. Spence, who is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, has been linked with a move to both Spurs and north London rivals Arsenal. However, the Gunners’ need for the player may no longer be as great as Tottenham’s.

However, Cedric’s performances in the two recent wins over Wolves and Brentford were arguably two of his best in an Arsenal shirt.

He didn’t have much defending to do against the Bees on Saturday but was a regular threat in the final third.

Cedric provides a different option to Tomiyasu, who is a more defensive full-back than the Portuguese.

If Cedric is happy playing second fiddle to the Japanese star, then there is no need for Arsenal to spend money on a new right-back.

That could therefore open the door for Spurs to complete a deal for Spence.

Matt Doherty is clearly not favoured by Antonio Conte and Emerson has not settled as a wing-back.

Spence has shown he definitely has the attacking prowess to be a wing-back and has often played there for Forest this season.

Middlesbrough value the player at around £15million and Tottenham fell short of that with their offers in January.

But as he enters the final two years of his contract, Spurs will surely be confident they can prise him away from the Riverside, especially if Arsenal’s interest subsides.

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