By Editor Wayne Veysey
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Rangers have made an enquiry for Tottenham winger Alex Pritchard, Football Insider sources understand.
The Scottish giants have asked Spurs about the possibility of the former England Under-21 international going on loan to Ibrox next season.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Spurs will wait until later in the summer before making a decision on Pritchard.
The playmaker, 23, has spent the second half of this season on loan at West Brom but he has played just 66 minutes of Premier League football for Tony Pulis’ side.
It has been a frustrating season for Pritchard, who spent three months on the sidelines before Christmas with an ankle injury.
Pritchard had a successful loan spell playing for Rangers manager Mark Warburton at Brentford last season, where he scored 12 goals and supplied seven assists in 47 appearances for the Championship club.
He is highly regarded by Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff, who believe he can develop into a first-team player at White Hart Lane.
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 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.
Warburton has met several of the youth coaches at Spurs in the past and he believes the club has got it right, both at first-team level and when it comes to player development.
“I was very fortunate through the NextGen tournament to deal closely with people like John McDermott [Spurs’ Head of Coaching & Player Development], Dean Rastrick [Academy Manager] and Ugo Ehiogu [Under-21 Head Coach],” Warburton told the Rangers website.
“It was really good to chat to them and I had good conversations on many occasions.
“I saw their development process for young players, I saw how they give them an opportunity, how they challenge them, so I was delighted to work closely with Tottenham at that tournament and then take it forward from there.
“We’ve taken players in the past, we had young Alex Pritchard at Brentford last year, Dom Ball this year, so again this shows that we can create that environment that is conducive to the players’ development and hopefully strengthen the relationship with Tottenham.”
Rangers faced Spurs in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the Londoners’ training headquarters in Enfield on Wednesday morning as they step up their preparations for the Scottish Cup final on 21 May.
In other Rangers news, the club are confident of unveiling a new signing this week.