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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