Tottenham Try It On, But How Desperate are Aston Villa to Sell?

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Tottenham Hotspur are waiting on the reaction of Aston Villa owner Tony Xia to a cheeky £15m bid for wantaway midfielder Jack Grealish, claims Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old’s future is the subject of intense speculation since the Villans defeat at Wembley to Fulham in the Championship play-off final. After that failure, the club’s finances came under intense scrutiny with unpaid tax bills attracting national media attention.

Initial claims that Villa were ready to sell Grealish included a valuation of £40m. Spurs, however, saw an opportunity to nab the player cheaply and are aiming to cash in on the turmoil.

They may yet face competition for his signature. Chelsea, Fulham, and Leicester City are all monitoring the situation. The Foxes were initially quoted £40m when they first enquired about the England Under-21’s availability.

Grealish’s form during the second half of the season was praised as he became a pivotal member of Steve Bruce’s team as they pushed for the automatic promotion places.

After suffering a kidney-related illness during the first half of the season, there were doubts the Birmingham-born midfielder would win his place in the side back. However, Bruce’s confidence in the player proved well-placed and the interest in Grealish grew as the season progressed.