“He would be a Spurs player by now” – Manager reveals how Levy missed out on transfer target

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Dom Le Roy

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has revealed that if Tottenham Hotspur had made a bid for Jack Grealish earlier in the transfer window, they would have ended up signing the player.

The Championship club were in financial turmoil during the early part of the summer which saw them need to raise around £40million in order to remain on the right side of Financial Fair Play rules.

While Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy tried to ride out their predicament for as long as possible in order to drive down the valuation of the 22-year-old, Villa were taken over towards the end of July with Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens each buying a 27.5 per cent stake in the club to take their combined total to what is a controlling stake of 55 per cent for a fee of £30million.

Instead, Tottenham were told by the pair that their star player was not for sale and were left without any new signings during the summer transfer window.

Bruce told talkSPORT earlier this morning when asked about Jack Grealish: “If Tottenham had done their work early, he would be a Spurs player by now.”

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  1. It’s fairly obvious. For say £20m-£25m he would be ours. But Levy was playing a game and wanted to drive it down further. A few million would also have meant he had a full pre-season with us and could have made an impact earlier in the season, but instead we piss about and it happens window after window. I don’t think he is what we need to bridge the gap to win a domestic cup, but someone to take the load off Eriksen in the creativity stakes would have been good. Now we will either move on or have to pay a lot more in the future. It would be nice to say we could learn from this, but it isn’t the first time this has happened. It is the first time a team hasn’t signed anybody in a summer transfer window. We could pay for that half way or later in the season when player are tired or we have injuries.


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