Aston Villa are already preparing for life without Jack Grealish if they fail to win promotion out of the Championship, according to the Sun.
After Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Reading, Villa are four points and three places outside the second tier promotion spots and are reportedly resigned to losing their talisman if they do not return to the top flight at the end of the season.
Boyhood Villa fan Joe Lolley – currently impressing with Nottingham Forest – is reportedly being lined up as a £12m replacement for Grealish as plans start being put in place for his departure.
And the Telegraph reported that Tottenham made a bid for Grealish during last summer’s summer transfer window – worth up to £25m – which proved unsuccessful as the north London club failed to make any new recruits.
And the fact that Villa are already planning for life without Grealish should encourage Tottenham to bid again to add to a squad they also failed to add to in January.
Grealish’s attacking versatility would be handy for a Tottenham side that is stretched to its limits due to injuries and the midfielder would be looking to undergo a transformation like Dele Alli’s under Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham have been notoriously quiet in on the transfer front of late and it’s imperative that they get their own plans in place early to try and secure some rare value in the increasingly inflated market Premier League clubs are operating in.