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Grealish saga draws to close after Tottenham fail to strike deal with Villa


Staying put: Jack Grealish will not make a transfer request
Staying put: Jack Grealish will not make a transfer request

By Samuel Lovett

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 today'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.

Reports suggested the 22-year-old was unhappy Villa have now told Spurs he is no longer for sale but, while a blow, he is unlikely to cause problems.

Spurs' opening offer of £3m 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 £30m.

Villa are still battling to satisfy Financial Fair Play rules and need to find £40m 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-21 international played in Monday's 3-1 win at Hull and has come through the youth ranks at Villa Park.

Meanwhile, John McGinn is determined to propel Aston Villa to the Premier League after completing a move from Hibernian.

The Scotland midfielder (23) joined Bruce's side for an undisclosed fee, on a four-year deal.

McGinn revealed a trip to Villa Park helped convince him the move was right, amid persistent interest from Celtic.

"It's been a crazy few days, but I sat in the stand at Villa Park and I could imagine myself playing out there. It felt right," he said.

"It's a Premier League club and deserves to be there. Everyone in the Championship has that aim. For some of them, it's a fantasy, but here there is a real ambition that it could happen.

"We're under no illusions, but the way the club is going is something that's great to be a part of."

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