Tottenham Hotspur have been long-term admirers of Jack Grealish and are set rekindle their interest in the summer, according to The Mirror.
After failing to land Grealish last summer, Spurs want the midfield star to bolster their squad for the 2019/20 campaign.
And they might have just been handed a major transfer boost by England manager Gareth Southgate after he publicly spoke about Grealish’s international hopes.
As reported by The Telegraph, Southgate has told Grealish that he must be playing Premier League football to stand a chance of a senior call-up.
The former England under-21 international, who switched allegiance from the Republic of Ireland, is starring in the Championship for boyhood club Aston Villa.
With four goals and five assists this season, the Birmingham-born midfielder has inspired his team to climb into the play-off zone since returning from injury.
But should the Villans fail to go up, they surely stand little chance of keeping Grealish for another season. The 23-year-old will be eager to test himself in the top flight and potentially earn an England call-up.
Southgate’s request could work in Tottenham’s favour if Aston Villa fail to win promotion. Grealish would probably actively look for a move, despite his love for Aston Villa, in order to enhance his England chances.