Bruce Admits To Talks Over Midfielder
Tottenham Hotspur are “nowhere near” Aston Villa’s valuation of midfielder Jack Grealish according to Villa boss Steve Bruce.
Former England under-21 international Grealish is being linked with a move to north London with Spurs willing to pay around £10million. But Villa’s price tag is believed to be twice that amount.
Villa’s financial pressures have eased since American investors Nassef Sawiris and Wes Eden bought a majority stake in the club earlier this summer and there is less of a willingness to sell one of their star players at a knockdown price.
“I don’t think we’ve had a formal bid,” Bruce said at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s season-opener with Hull City. “There’s been discussions and that’s been going on all summer. The one thing the owners have made pretty clear is that no-one is for sale.
“We don’t want to lose our best players, but they’re aware of course that everyone has their price. The best thing the owners have been able to do is not let anybody go on the cheap.
“So if someone wants to buy our players, they’re going to have to find a premium and make sure the owners are comfortable with it.
“We all know what football is, but at the moment Spurs haven’t got anywhere near what the owners want to consider – so there’s not a discussion to be had at the moment, because they’ve not got anywhere near the figure they demand.”
Chelsea have also been linked this week with interest in Grealish although it appears to be a straight choice for him a present between a move to Tottenham and staying at Villa.