‘Disappointment’ – Tottenham transfer target breaks silence on Spurs bid

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham became the first Premier League side in history not to make a single summer signing in this year’s transfer window.

The club did however reportedly have a large bid turned down for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish as the window drew to a close.

Spurs were long-time admirers of the young English midfielder, who had impressed during a wonderful season with Villa.

The bid from Tottenham was said to be in the region of £25m, as Daniel Levy looked to take advantage of Villa’s financial difficulties.

Since the window shut, Jack Grealish has signed a brand new 5 year deal with his boyhood club, making any January move to Tottenham extremely unlikely.

Tottenham will also have the break the bank to bring Grealish in next summer, as the new contract is sure to have a bumper new release clause.

For the first time since his Premier League move was denied, Jack has spoken out about his nearly-move to Spurs.

Grealish told the Telegraph: “At Hull, I was 95 per cent sure it was going to be my last game. I waved to the fans when I got taken off as I thought I was going.

“Even on the Thursday morning of the transfer window, I thought I was leaving.

“Before the new owners [arrived], Villa needed the money so I kind of accepted that me going would save the club. I think the fans would have taken that, too, because we needed the money.

“Of course, it was unsettling, it was all summer. A lot of people saw the interview with the manager in Portugal when he said the club would have to sell me.

“At that time it could have got done, but for whatever reason it didn’t. They [Spurs] weren’t willing to pay what Villa wanted at the time. But the new owners came in and they changed everything.

“It’s not like I was devastated it didn’t happen, though, because I’ve still got to realise how lucky I am to be playing for my boyhood club. I’ve played over 100 games for Villa and I’ve only just turned 23.

“Of course, there’s going to be disappointment there. You’ve just got to look at what Spurs have done this season. They’ve beaten Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford, they’re playing Barcelona in the Champions League next week.”

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