Jamie O’Hara has told TalkSPORT that he believes Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish should consider a move to Tottenham Hotspur – and has urged his old side to sell a couple of players in order to afford the uncapped English playmaker.
Grealish, 24, had a hand in 18 goals during the 2019-20 season for Villa as he captained them towards Premier League safety – scoring 10 times and creating eight more. He has a contract at Dean Smith’s side until the summer of 2023.
The Express & Star has claimed that Villa have slapped an enormous £80million price tag on Grealish’s head, despite the overriding belief that he will leave Villa this summer. At that price, though, it looks clear that Villa could keep him.
Former Tottenham midfielder and Billericay Town manager O’Hara thinks Spurs should consider Grealish and wanted Spurs to sign him last summer. However, he stated that while he admires Grealish, he is not worth £80million.
“He’s had a great season, he would be brilliant for Spurs,” O’Hara said. “We should have got him a season ago when he was a lot cheaper. I don’t know if Spurs have got the money, maybe if they offload a couple. He would be great.
“If he wants to be an England player, he needs to be a team near the top six. He’s not worth £80million, I love him but in the current market, absolutely no chance [is he worth £80million].”
TBR’s view – Who should leave Spurs to bring in Grealish cash?
Tottenham – and any other side – are not going to spend £80million on Grealish. But if Spurs can agree a fee in the region of £50-60million, then they are securing themselves a top-class player for a fair price.
As O’Hara says, they would have to cash in on players. Erik Lamela is an attacker that could command a decent fee, and wipe out a chunk of Grealish’s asking price. Ryan Sessegnon is likely to be given a chance.
Lucas Moura has been somewhat indifferent and while Jose Mourinho likes the Brazilian, the chance of signing Grealish may tempt Mourinho into selling the former PSG man to bring in the Villa ace.