Villa boss Sherwood eyes raid on former club Tottenham

With Premier League status almost secured following last weekend’s win over West Ham, the Aston Villa boss is planning an assault on his ex-employers in the transfer market

By Graeme Bailey

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood will attempt to return to former club Tottenham to land a clutch of young players, Goal understands.

The former Spurs head coach also spent time in charge of the club’s youth team and is widely acknowledged for bringing through the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and PFA Young Player of the Year Harry Kane, who have all been capped by their countries since making their first-team breakthroughs.

Although Sherwood knows that those three – now considered among Spurs’ most prized assets – are out of reach, he has his eyes on other potential targets.

Top of his list is Alex Pritchard, the attacking midfielder who has spent the season on loan at Brentford. Pritchard has been linked with a first-team role at White Hart Lane after playing a starring role at Griffin Park, with many believing he could follow in the footsteps of fellow midfielders Mason and Bentaleb.

But Sherwood is poised to make an offer and will do his best to try and agree a deal with both Spurs and Pritchard into making a deal.

Defender Ryan Fredericks – also on loan in the Championship with Middlesbrough – and midfielder Harry Winks have also caught Sherwood’s eye.

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