Birmingham City and Derby County have reportedly rejoined the race for Alex Pritchard, who Huddersfield Town confirmed they were releasing earlier this week.
The attacking midfielder’s contract expires this summer and the Terries have not offered him new terms, meaning he is now set to become a free agent.
Birmingham and Derby were both linked back in January and, according to Last Word on Sports, both clubs have reignited their interest now he is available on a free transfer.
The 28-year-old has struggled to really find his feet during his three and a half seasons at the John Smith’s Stadium, joining from Norwich City for £10 million in January 2018 but contributing just three goals and three assists in his 83 appearances for the Yorkshire club.
Prior to joining Huddersfield, however, Pritchard had proven his quality as both a goalscorer and a creator at Championship level – grabbing 12 goals and seven assists for Brentford in 2014/15 and eight goals and 12 assists across 18 months for Norwich.
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With Pritchard’s Huddersfield exit now confirmed, it seems other Championship clubs are set to step up their pursuit of the attacking midfielder.
Money is likely to be tight this summer so finding value in the free agent market will be really important for EFL clubs.
The attacking midfielder has not been at his best for a few years now, with injuries hampering him, but a fresh start could be just what he needs.
Birmingham and Derby could both use a bit more creative spark in midfield and if the 28-year-old can get back to his best he could be just that.