By Dominic Toner

Tottenham have placed a combined £19m price-tag on midfielders Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard.

The pair are deemed surplus to requirements this season at White Hart Lane and manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to trim his squad down.

The Independent report that Spurs are holding out for £10million for Bentaleb and £9million for team-mate Pritchard, although loan deals currently seem more likely with no one willing to meet the valuations yet.

Portuguese sports newspaper Record report that Benfica are interested Bentaleb and would prefer a season-long loan deal.

Championship duo Leeds and Newcastle are on a shortlist interested in playmaker Pritchard and the Mirror claim that Swansea are preparing an £8million offer for a permanent deal.

Pritchard, who operates in the number 10 role but can also play out wide, has three years remaining on his current Spurs deal. He made a name for himself during a loan spell at Brentford in the 2014-15 season, where he scored 12 times.

Meanwhile Bentaleb is currently behind the likes of Eric Dier, Ryan Mason, Moussa Dembele and Tom Carroll, and with the arrival of combative Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, he is unlikely to feature much for Spurs this season.

The Algerian is contracted with Spurs until 2020 but was plagued by injury for the majority of last season, missing three months with an ankle injury suffered last summer. He was also absent for the title run-in with knee ligament damage and made just five Premier league appearances.

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