Newcastle have once again been linked with 23 year-old Tottenham attacking midfield star Alex Pritchard and he is also wanted by Championship club Leeds United.
The Mirror are reporting that Swansea are moving in with an £8M offer for the young playmaker, who was told earlier this summer that he can leave the London club.
Alex Pritchard – Newcastle linked again
The Mirror are reporting that Newcastle and Leeds want a loan deal for Alex, but we’d be surprised if that’s what Rafa Benitez really wants.
The Newcastle manager wants to buy good young players permanently, so he can then develop them at Newcastle and we get the benefit from that.
Why take a player on loan, make him into a better player and then he leaves next May so if he did come on loan there would have to be an offer to buy him next May?
Buying 21 year-old defensive midfielder Issac Hayden from Arsenal rather than taking him on loan was a good example of what Rafa is trying to do and Spurs want to sell Pritchard this summer in any case.
Pritchard has played in the Championship twice in his career, first of all when he was on loan at Peterborough for half a season in early 2013 – and then when he was on loan at Brentford in the 2014-2015 season when he played 45 league games and scored 12 goals.
The 9 times capped England U-21 International was on loan from January at West Brom, but didn’t have a particularly good time of it and only played 3 times.
Alex also had a loan spell at Swindon in 2014 and his contract at Spurs has three years to run.
But he looks a very good player in the making and it’s Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez who can make him into that very good player.
We think he would be a good buy for us.
What do you think?