Jack Grealish set to stay at Aston Villa despite Tottenham interest
Grealish had been linked with a move to the Premier League.
Jack Grealish is poised to stay at Aston Villa and will not force a move to Tottenham, despite the Premier League side’s late bid to sign him.
The clubs have been in talks over the midfielder this summer but Spurs have
failed in their attempts to take him from Villa Park before Thursday’s deadline.
Grealish is disappointed not to be given the option of a move to north London ahead of the deadline but will not hand in a transfer request, Press Association Sport understands.
Reports suggested the 22-year-old was unhappy Villa have now told Spurs he is no longer for sale but while he is disappointed he is unlikely to cause problems.
Spurs’ opening offer of £3million plus Josh Onomah – who spent last season on loan at Villa Park – was well below Villa’s asking price, with the Birmingham club initially seeking over £30million.
Villa are still battling to satisfy Financial Fair Play rules and need to find
£40million to comply despite securing fresh investment last month.
New executive chairman Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens bought a 55 per cent stake in the club from Tony Xia to end the threat of administration.
Boss Steve Bruce was resigned to losing Grealish – who he has an excellent
relationship with – before the cash injection but Villa are now determined to
hold on to their best asset.
Grealish was initially happy to stay at the club following their 1-0 Sky Bet
Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham in May but as the transfer deadline approached he was interested in speaking to Tottenham.
The England Under-21s international played in Monday’s 3-1 win at Hull and has come through the youth ranks at Villa Park.