By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Alex Pritchard has joined Norwich from Tottenham, it was announced on Thursday.

The Canaries revealed on their official website that the playmaker, 23, has signed a four-year contract.

Norwich did not disclose the fee for the Spurs academy graduate but it has been widely reported that the Premier League club were holding out for a total package worth £8million.

Norwich have clinched the signing of Pritchard after hijacking his move to Brighton.

Sky Sports claimed on their website that a bid had been accepted by Tottenham from the Seagulls after extensive talks and Pritchard was due to begin a medical late on Tuesday night.

He had also agreed personal terms with Brighton and indicated that he was ready to link up with Chris Hughton, who coached him when he was coming through the Spurs ranks.

But Norwich made a last-minute bid to prise Pritchard from White Hart Lane and win the race for the playmaker.

Football Insider revealed last week that Pritchard was one of seven senior Spurs players deemed surplus to requirements by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Pritchard, who operates in the number 10 role but can also play out wide, made a name for himself during a loan spell at Brentford in the 2014-15 season, where he scored 12 times.

The 23-year-old playmaker spent the second half of last season on-loan at West Brom, but failed to make a single start for the Baggies, managing just two Premier League sub appearances.

Pritchard told the Norwich website: “I’m ready to come here, fight for my place and hopefully play well.

“I feel I need to go out and prove myself again in football. I’m 23 now so it’s about time I had my own path really.

“I’ve had a full pre-season and with our first game at the weekend I’m looking forward to hopefully bedding myself in quickly.”

The England Under-21 international has appeared just twice for Spurs, and has also spent time on loan at both Swindon and Peterborough.

In other Tottenham transfer news, they are keeping tabs on a prolific English striker who would cost £30million.