Birmingham City are in talks regarding a deal to bring Alex Pritchard to St. Andrew’s this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football League World, who claim that the former Huddersfield Town attacking midfielder is in early talks with Lee Bowyer’s side over a summer move to Birmingham.
It had been previously reported that a number of Championship sides were considering a move for the 28-year-old, including the likes of Bristol City, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers, although the Blues now appear to be in the driving seat over a deal for the former England U21 international.
Despite impressing early on in his career in professional football, scoring eight goals and providing 11 assists over 44 appearances on a loan spell at Swindon Town, bagging 12 goals and registering seven assists over 47 fixtures while on loan at Brentford and scoring eight goals and providing 12 assists over 43 fixtures after joining Norwich City on a permanent basis, things have taken a turn for the worst for Pritchard in recent years.
Having made an £11.12m move to Huddersfield Town in January of 2018, the £2.52m-rated man went on to score a mere three goals and provide just three assists over his 81 appearances across four campaigns for the Terriers, averaging disappointing seasonal WhoScored match ratings of 6.70, 6.51, 6.54 and 6.16 in chronological order.
As such, the attacking midfielder, who was earning a weekly wage of £30k at Huddersfield, very much appears to be a player on the decline, something that has not likely been helped by the fact he has struggled with a number of injuries in recent years.
So, when taking into account the fact Pritchard would almost certainly be demanding a rather considerable salary to join Birmingham this summer, particularly as he would be arriving on a free transfer, the 28-year-old would simply not appear to be worth the cost for the Blues.
And, if Bowyer does go on to complete a deal to land the midfielder in the coming months, and he subsequently returns similar numbers to that of his time at The John Smith’s Stadium, the argument could easily be made that the signing would be one of the 44-year-old manager’s worst transfer mistakes so far at St. Andrew’s, with fans likely to be livid with Pritchard’s potential arrival.