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Town could lose Spurs loanee in January
HUDDERSFIELD Town are one of a number of Championship clubs pondering over a January move for Alex Pritchard.
The Advertiser understands the Terriers are considering making Tottenham a bid for the winger, who is currently on a season-long loan deal at the County Ground, when the transfer window opens in the new year.
Huddersfield boss Mark Robins is believed to have watched Pritchard come off the bench during Swindon’s 2-1 victory at Colchester on November 16, as his own side had no fixture due to the international break, and has continued to have the diminutive wideman monitored since.
Whether or not the Yorkshire outfit would be willing to match the £1million valuation of the player is unknown, while several other clubs have also been keeping an eye on the 20-year-old.
Blackburn Rovers, Bournemouth and Town’s League One rivals Wolves are all tracking Pritchard, who is expected to be in demand in January.
Meanwhile, Swindon manager Mark Cooper has admitted that he is expecting to lose “two or three” players during the transfer window.
Wes Foderingham has previously interested Bournemouth, while Peterborough United are likely to drive a hard bargain for Nicky Ajose should the Robins look to prolong the striker’s loan spell in Wiltshire or sign him on a permanent deal.
With that in mind, Cooper’s transfer policy in the new year looks set to revolve around replacing what’s lost.
“Obviously big clubs are looking at our players and when players play well that is the law of the land. We will obviously lose I think probably two or three and if we do lose them then we’ll have to replace them,” he said.
“We have targets. Lee (Power) and myself have sat down and identified a list that we think can help us, but we’re very mindful we could lose players as well.
“We have to make sure that if we do lose players we’re ready to go and can replace them quickly.
“We’re short defensively - to be fair to Darren (Ward) and Grant (Hall) they’ve played every minute of every game and that’s a lot - it would be nice to give one or two of them a rest.
“I don’t feel (Raphael Rossi Branco) is ready yet, I don’t feel he’s 100 per cent ready to throw him in the team and that’s the reason we’ve not done it yet.
“If we keep all our players we’re fine in the middle of the pitch, we could well end up needing a forward.
“We could either easily lose one, two or three of them or keeping all three.”
Meanwhile, Town’s game with Stevenage, originally scheduled for January 4, has been moved to Tuesday January 14 due to the Hertfordshire side’s involvement in the FA Cup.
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