Rafa Benitez Wants To Sign England U21 Midfielder

The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are keen on Spurs’ 23-year-old Alex Pritchard who can play on the wing or as an attacking midfielder.

Spurs are willing to sell their 9 times capped England U21 midfielder and the fee being reported is around £8M


Alex Pritchard – England U21 International midfielder

Pritchard began his career in the West Ham Academy but then transferred to the youth setup at Tottenham Hotspur in June 2009.

Alex has had a number of loan spells while at Tottenham to get first team experience and that included a loan spell at Brentford
during the 2014-15 season.

Alex played well at Brentford and that led to him picking up some of his England U21 caps but he has struggled to get playing time at Spurs under manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is willing to sell the 23 year-old.

Pritchard played 47 times for Brentford with 12 goals and 7 assists and was also named to the Championship Team of the Year for that season – the season before last – so this lad is a decent player.

Alex also have earlier loan spells at Peterborough and Swindon in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Alex’s contract at Spurs still has three years to run.

He was loaned out to West Brom for the second half of last season in January but it was a disappointing time for him and he played only three times.

Alex is the latest player newcatsle have been linked with this summer and Rafa Benitez is trying to complete his first signing for Newcastle  ever – before the end of the month.

Alex could be the second player we have signed from Spurs this year who couldn’t get his game in London – Andros Townsend being the other one.

Andros has been a revelation on Tyneside – maybe Alex would do very well too?

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