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Rangers are keeping close tabs on Tottenham playmaker Alex Pritchard after the Londoners decided to listen to offers for him this summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The Scottish club are keen on Pritchard as they attempt to take advantage of the youngsters’s fringe status at White Hart Lane.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Rangers have asked to be kept informed about the situation of the former England Under-21 international.
Spurs are ready to sell the academy graduate in the summer window even though he signed a new contract only last August.
However, the north Londoners have placed an £8million valuation on Pritchard, which could open up the possibility of the loan move that Rangers are seeking.
The Scottish club cannot blow most of their summer budget on the 23-year-old, but the high asking price could give them a chance of claiming his signature as the likes of Swansea, Middlesbrough and a number of Championship clubs have been put off by the figure quoted.
Mark Warburton has made it clear he is keen for more Tottenham emerging stars to go on loan in Scotland.
The Rangers manager wants to strengthen the club’s relationship with the London giants after overseeing the development of Dominic Ball at Ibrox and Pritchard when he was at Brentford last season.
Lifelong Spurs fan Warburton believes Rangers could offer the perfect club for young Spurs players to develop while on loan and get crucial regular first-team matches.
Pritchard, who signed a four-year contract 10 months ago, is highly regarded by Mauricio Pochettino and his staff but has been unable to break in the first-team set-up at White Hart Lane.
The 23-year-old, who joined the Spurs youth team aged 16 from the West Ham academy, has made just two senior appearances for the club.
It has been a frustrating season for Pritchard, who spent three months on the sidelines before Christmas with an ankle injury and then had a loan spell at West Brom in which he played just 66 minutes of Premier League football.
However, Pritchard demonstrated the depth of his talent with a highly successful loan spell at Brentford last season, where he scored 12 goals and supplied seven assists in 47 appearances for the Championship club.