Tottenham Hotspur have finally made their move on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish with a bid of £25million, which Villa manager Steve Bruce says is not enough.
Whilst Villa have not yet responded and with under 48 hours of the transfer window remaining, Bruce remains hopeful the 22 year-old will remain with the club.
The midfielder has been on Spurs’ radar since the end of the summer and now their interest has been formalised with this offer, which is said to be £7million apart from Villa’s valuation of the player.
“He is a wonderful talent. We will do our best to keep hold of him, but it is going to be difficult.
“We understand the human side. 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.”
In his press conference, Bruce added: “We are all trying our best to hang on to him but, at the moment, there is no decision to be made as they are not at the figure where the owners are even blinking.”
Grealish played a starring role in Villa’s season opening 3-1 win over Hull City and featured in all of Villa’s pre-season friendlies despite constant speculation surrounding his future.
Mauricio Pochettino signed a new 5-year contract with Spurs at the end of May and even though the new stadium due to host its first game in mid-September, there are no new signings yet through the door.
Grealish started off at Aston as a 6-year-old and was an unused substitute as a 16 years old in a 4-2 home Premier League defeat against Chelsea in March 2012.
He joined League One team Notts County on loan in September 2013, playing 37 times in that season, before making his Villa debut the following August as a substitute in a Premier League win at Stoke City.
Having initially represented the Republic of Ireland at international level while in his teens, Grealish switched his allegiance to England in September 2015 and was part of the squad that made the semi-finals of the 2017 European Under-21.