The exodus continues. A week after Alex Pritchard was told his future lies away from Tottenham Hotspur, it appears he may have found a new club already. Sky Sports is reporting that Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion are in discussions with Spurs to sign Pritchard on a permanent deal.
Spurs initially slapped an £8m price on Pritchard, who looked likely to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s first team last season before a foot injury on international duty effectively ended his chances. Regional English paper The Argus is not reporting the actual fee, but says that Brighton is expected to break their transfer fee record of £2.5m that they paid for Craig Mackail-Smith five years ago. The deal is supposedly complicated, with a lower upfront fee that includes a number of performance-based escalators.
Spurs fans might be disappointed that Pritchard is quite possibly heading back to the Championship, but there’s quite a bit of potential good in this move. Brighton finished third in the table last season, just four points behind champion Burnley and tied on points with Middlesbrough. They are unfortunate not to be in the Premier League right now, and while they’ll compete in a Championship that now includes Newcastle and Aston Villa, they’re a small club that’s on the rise. I like Brighton quite a lot.
Brighton are currently managed by Chris Hughton, who played nearly 300 matches for Spurs between 1977 and 1990, and was also on the coaching staff from 1993 to 2007. He’s a Spurs man that reportedly still has solid ties to the club.
Sky also reports that Brighton face competition from QPR, who held talks with Tottenham last week over Pritchard as well.
Not a done deal by any means, but I like this potential transfer. I certainly like Pritch playing for Brighton instead of QPR.
Update: Well, that escalated quickly. Sky Sports is now reporting that a fee has been agreed between the two clubs.