Newcastle now linked with Spurs midfielder
The latest transfer target for Newcastle United is claimed to be Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard.
The 23 year old looked to be a player going places when going on loan to Brentford as a 21 year old, scoring 12 goals in the 2014/15 season and almost helping to inspire the London club into the Premier League. Finishing fifth in the table, Brentford ended up missing out in the play-offs with Norwich promoted. Pritchard also picked up experience previously in League One and the Championship, when loaned out to Swindon and Peterborough.
Hoping to build on that when returning to Spurs, Alex Pritchard looked to have made progress when coming on as a late sub during the 0-0 draw with Everton last August, this being only the player’s second Premier League appearance for Tottenham.
However, he was then struck down with a bad ankle ligaments injury and missed the first half of last season. After recovering he headed off to West Brom on loan to try and get some Premier League experience for the second half of the campaign – but then ended up making two appearances off the bench, the first of those when a half-time replacement for Craig Gardner when Newcastle defeated the Baggies 1-0 at St James Park.
With an embarrassment of riches in terms of midfield talent, Spurs were reported by Sky Sports to be willing to sell Alex Pritchard this summer, with a price tag of around £8m allegedly on his head.
The Sun now claim that Newcastle are interested in taking on the Spurs midfielder who can also play on the wing.
Pritchard has three years left on a deal only signed last summer but no doubt that was done as much to protect Tottenham’s asset as anything else.
Having shown he can more than handle the championship with Brentford and in particular, score goals from the wing/midfield, he looks to have the kind of profile that would surely interest Newcastle and as he is two footed, he could perfectly complement former Spurs team-mate Andros Townsend on the other side of the pitch.
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