Do Leeds United have a chance of signing exciting Tottenham Hotspur attacker Alex Pritchard?

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Is Tottenham's Alex Pritchard a realistic signing for Leeds?

Leeds United are nearing the end of another season in the Championship without mounting a promotion challenge, destined again for mid-table obscurity.

Attention is already turning to next season and whether head coach Steve Evans can put together a side capable of challenging next season.

An editorial in The Yorkshire Post turns attention to areas for improvement - citing the need for a talented playmaker capable of unlocking defences, picking out one player in particular, Tottenham Hotspur talent Alex Pritchard.

Why Pritchard?

Pritchard is just 22-years-old and is proven in the Championship after an excellent campaign at Brentford last season. 

This saw him score 12 goals and provide seven assists as he helped the Bees into the play-offs, netting one of his goals in a win against Leeds at Elland Road.

He is young and could become a big part of Leeds' future if they sign him, and show they can attract the best young English talent rather than lose them, as they have done in the past.

Can Leeds lure him?

Actually being able to sign Pritchard is another matter. With Tottenham Hotspur battling for the Premier League title, Pritchard is unlikely to be able to be convinced to leave the club easily.

He is currently experiencing a difficult season, having suffered a bad ankle injury with England's under-21 side in the summer.

Pritchard had hoped his season with Brentford would set him up for a run in Tottenham's team this year, but that idea faded after he underwent surgery on his ankle early in the season after failing to recover as planned from his ankle problem.

He was loaned to West Bromwich Albion on deadline day, rejecting interest from Championship clubs, showing his determination to make it in the Premier League, although is yet to make an impact at the Baggies.

It is likely he will still hope for a fresh start at Spurs next year, but this will depend on head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Teenager Josh Onomah has jumped ahead of him in the pecking order, while their near certain finish in the top four will free up funds to spend on players to set them up to compete in the Champions League next season.

This could be Leeds' best hope, but may only play out late in the transfer window, and it would be prudent for Leeds to look at alternate options.

A loan deal would be dependent on Massimo Cellino changing his stance that he will only agree loans which the club have a realistic option of buying the player, which it is likely Spurs would be unlikely to sanction if they were only willing to let him go on loan.

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