Brentford's Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring their first goal
The prospect has fallen victim to the demands at Tottenham increasing, falling off the pace after an injury hit year and loan spell at West Bromwich Albion where he was not given a chance to play.
Pritchard is valued at £8 million by Spurs, and this is a fee which may frighten off or rule out some clubs, but it should not restrict Aston Villa under new owner Tony Xia.
Brentford's Alex Pritchard shoots at goal
The youngster is proven in the Championship, excelling for Brentford on loan in 2014/15, where he scored 12 goals and provided seven assists he help them reach the play-offs.
Injury sustained for England's under-21s last summer wrecked his campaign last year, and at 23 he needs to play first team football.
England's Alex Pritchard sits on the bench before the match
While SkySports describe interest from two Premier League teams, Aston Villa may be the best move for him, offering him still and opportunity to play for a big club, and the chance to play regularly in the Championship - with Pritchard unable to afford another spell on the sidelines like he experienced at the Hawthorns over the past few months.
Pritchard is a lively attacking midfielder capable of linking the play and being a danger in front of goal, and most importantly just like the Villa squad, has a point to prove.
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish during the warm up session before the game
He could be a quality addition to a side which will hope to draw on youth from their own under-21 squad, potentially linking up well with Jack Grealish in midfield.
Villa would do well to win the race for Pritchard and steal a march on their promotion rivals next season, snapping up a player who could go onto represent England if he fulfils his potential.
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