Villa’s new owners pulled out of the deal after the two clubs agreed the fee for the England Under-21 international.
It’s been a dismal summer in the transfer market for Tottenham with the North London club failing to sign any new players.
With time running out, they decided to meet Villa’s valuation of Grealish, having earlier tried to lowball the Championship club to take advantage of their precarious finances.
Since then, new owners are on-board and are refusing to be bullied into selling their prized asset. A healthy win over Hull City on Monday night confirmed Villa as promotion contenders and the owners are keen to keep Grealish who was a star performer in last season’s charge to the play-off final.
Grealish, 22, with two years left on his contract, is frustrated by the outcome. It’s claimed he was previously promised an exit from Villa Park if a “suitable offer” was received. That’s no longer the case with chairman Nassef Sawiris declaring Grealish was no longer for sale.
Steve Bruce is pleased with the youngster despite the disappointment.
“We understand the human side,” he said. “He will want to play in the Premier League, Europe, Champions League.
“The owner has made it clear that he wants him to stay. To be fair to Jack, he has got on with it.”