Report: Leeds and Newcastle battle for Premier League playmaker, player has been told he can leave
By Will Butcher
Tottenham star Alex Pritchard is high on the shortlist of Championship big boys Leeds and Newcastle, according to a report.
The attacking midfielder has been told he can leave White Hart Lane by manager Mauricio Pochettino, along with six other Spurs first-team players as the Argentinian looks to mastermind a north London exodus.
The Mirror claim that Swansea are preparing an £8million offer to buy Pritchard permanently, while Leeds and Newcastle want a loan deal.
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. He managed just two Premier League sub appearances.
Pritchard, who operates in the number 10 role but can also play out wide, has three years remaining on his currentSpurs deal. He made a name for himself during a loan spell at Brentford in the 2014-15 season, where he scored 12 times.
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The England under-21 international has appeared just twice for Spurs, and has spent time on loan at both Swindon and Peterborough.
Leeds manager Garry Monk stepping up his Elland Road overhaul as he looks to return the Yorkshire giants to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
He has welcomed six new recruits this summer and continues to be linked with multiple targets, most recently being rumoured to be in the market for experience.
Combative midfielder Mathieu Flamini, Serie A stalwarts Andrea Lazzari and Valerio Di Cesare, and Leon Osman could all walk through the Elland Road gates come the start of the season.
Newcastle fans have also been treated to an overhaul by manager Rafa Benitez, who has dwarfed Championship spending this summer. Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle combined surpassed the £20million mark.