On Friday, however, the full-back travelled to the club’s Hotspur Way training base after a deal was struck on a fee worth an initial £12.5million which could yet rise to £19m with add-ons.
Spence has signed a five-year contract as Spurs win a fierce transfer battle, with Nottingham Forest – the club he helped win promotion for last season – Borussia Dortmund and AS Roma all keen.
Spurs had already signed Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Clement Lenglet this summer and Conte is still keen on a creative attacking player.
Returning to London after leaving Fulham’s academy for Teeside in 2018, Spence will compete for a starting role at right wing-back, casting the future of Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal into doubt.
Tottenham begin their Premier League campaign at home to Southampton on Saturday, August 6.