Sunderland are finalising a deal to bring Alex Pritchard to the Stadium of Light in the coming days.
That’s according to a claim made by reporter Ian Abrahams, who revealed in a post on Twitter that Pritchard is currently in Sunderland finalising a deal that would see him link up with Lee Johnson’s side ahead of their upcoming League One campaign.
A number of Championship clubs had previously been reported to be interested in a move for the 28-year-old this summer, including the likes of Birmingham City, Bristol City, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers, although the Black Cats now appear to have won the race for the attacking midfielder.
While Pritchard has not been in his finest form in recent seasons, scoring just three goals and registering three assists over his four years with Huddersfield Town, if the attacking midfielder can refind the form he was in prior to his move to The John Smith’s Stadium, he could prove to be an extremely astute signing for the Mackems.
Indeed, having highly impressed during a loan spell at Brentford back in 2014/15, where the £2.25m-rated man scored 12 goals and provided seven assists over his 47 Championship appearances, helping the Bees reach the play-off semi-finals, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder earned an £8m move to Norwich City in August 2016.
The £30k-per-week Pritchard once again impressed in his time with the Canaries, scoring eight goals and registering 12 assists over his 43 appearances for the club, before securing an £11m move to then-Premier League side Huddersfield Town in January 2018.
So, while it may have been a while since Pritchard has truly been in a rich vein of form, if Johnson can help the man Christian Eriksen dubbed a “talented” player refind his confidence next season, at just 28 years of age, the attacking midfielder could go on to have a huge impact at Sunderland – not only next year but for many seasons to come.
As such, considering the sheer amount of interest from Championship sides, as well as the fact the former England U21 international could still possess a significant amount of untapped potential, should Sunderland go on to get a deal done for the midfielder in the coming days, it will be a transfer that will undoubtedly have Johnson buzzing.