Jack Grealish has decided to leave Aston Villa and pursue a Premier League move after discussions with ‘close pal and mentor’ John Terry.
Grealish has long been one of Villa’s most promising youngsters, emerging as they were relegated from the top flight in the 2015/16 season.
He was touted for an England call-up at the time, with the Premier League’s elite sides also credited with an interest.
A fine couple of seasons in the Championship has done little to douse expectations, and the Daily Mirror report that he is now ready to return to the Premier League.
James Nursey states that the 22-year-old ‘has come to terms with the necessity of leaving his boyhood club’ with the help of former teammate Terry. The centre-half has left Villa, and may have persuaded Grealish to do the same ‘by stressing his top-flight quality and England national team potential’.
Tottenham are the early frontrunners to sign the forward, with Daniel Levy happy to bide his time in the hope that his value decreases.
Villa are in dire straits financially after missing out on promotion, and may have to cash in on one of their most sizeable assets.
West Ham have also been linked, but Liverpool and Leicester are no longer interested.