Town track Spurs winger Pritchard

Town boss Kevin MacDonald

Town boss Kevin MacDonald

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SWINDON Town are interested in bringing Tottenham winger Alex Pritchard to the County Ground in time for next season.

The Advertiser understands the 20-year-old forward, who is highly-rated by the Premier League outfit and spent the second half of last term at Peterborough, is one of three Spurs players the Robins are targeting on loan deals - alongside Massimo Luongo and Grant Hall.

Pritchard was part of the England Under 20 side which crashed out of the Under 20 World Cup in Turkey but he is now back in the country and a switch to Wiltshire could be on the cards.

His Spurs teammate Hall trained with Town yesterday and a season-long temporary move to the Robins is believed to have already been agreed in principle.

Swindon manager Kevin MacDonald yesterday confirmed that the 21-year-old is a transfer target. He also confirmed that Daniel Devine has joined the club on trial after his release from Aston Villa.

MacDonald said: “Grant Hall is here this week, Danny Devine has come in this week and we’re hoping another couple of others will be coming in as well but we can’t say at the moment.

“We’ll be looking for a season-long loan (for Hall). I know of him, I’ve seen him a couple of times - not competitively against any of my times but he’s been recommended to the club.

“We’re having a look at him potentially with the chance of a season-long loan.

“Danny is out of contract. I know Danny from being at Aston Villa. He’s got a lot of developing to do yet and had quite a serious injury. We’ve got to have a look at him.

“I think the Grant Hall one is more looking to get a season-long loan. Danny is definitely on trial."

Luongo, meanwhile, was not at training yesterday despite some suggestion he would be returning to the club to start his pre-season work.

MacDonald said: “He might be, he’s not here today. Massimo did well for us last year so it would be nice to have another look at him but nothing’s been put in concrete yet regarding that.”

With regards to more experienced heads coming into the club, MacDonald remained coy following reports linking Town with John Eustace and Mark Roberts.

He said: “There’s a lot of speculation in the press but a lot of those senior players will have a lot of clubs after them. I know we’ve had a few recommended but it’s finances that dictate things at the moment.”

Meanwhile, on-trial goalkeeper Jamie Stephens is a man in demand, according to Swindon Town boss Kevin MacDonald.

Stephens, who left the Robins for Liverpool for an undisclosed fee in 2010 as a 16-year-old, was recently released by the Premier League side and is currently training with Town as he looks to find a new club.

The stopper might be without a contract right now but MacDonald is convinced Swindon are just one of a number of clubs interested in taking him on.

He said: “He trained with us and he’s going to come in the next couple of days but Jamie’s got a lot of people looking at him at the moment.

“He’s done very well in the first day’s training but if anything comes to fruition I’ll keep you posted.”


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