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Newcastle eye swoop for £8million-rated attacking midfielder from Champions League club

By Harvey Byrne

Tottenham playmaker Alex Pritchard is a target for Newcastle, according to reports.

The Sun newspaper on Tuesday (page 50) claim that the Tyneside club are keen to take advantage of the 23-year-old’s fringe status at White Hart Lane.

With Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend all being linked away from the recently relegated club, Benitez is expected to be in the market for new attacking talent.

Football Insider reported last month that Spurs are ready to sell the academy graduate in the summer window but the north Londoners want in the region of £8million for the highly-rated youngster.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder last played in the Championship during the 2014-15 season when on loan at Brentford.

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He shone during his time at the London club where he was named in the divisional team of the year, as well as prompting a call up to England’s squad for the European Under-21 Championship.

Pritchard signed a new four-year- deal with Spurs last summer but injury has hindered the young midfielder’s progress.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to cash in on the youngster as he refurbishes his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League next season.

White Hart Lane academy graduate Pritchard was loaned out to West Brom in the second half of the recently completed season but managed just two league appearances and one FA Cup appearance during his time at the Premier League side.

Benitez has been promised with a large transfer budget after dropping out of the Premier League in the 2015-16 season and Newcastle have been linked with a host of players, as they look to achieve an immediate return to the Premier League.

In other Newcastle news, Andros Townsend’s release clause at Newcastle has caught the attention of Liverpool as they weigh up whether to make a bid for the player.