Tim Sherwood claims he tried to persuade Spurs to sign Villa star eight years ago

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has claimed that he tried to encourage the club to sign a 16-year-old Jack Grealish.

Sherwood revealed that while he was in the role of technical co-ordinator at White Hart Lane he would travel to Birmingham to watch Grealish play for Aston Villa’s Under-18 side.

The midfielder left Sherwood suitably impressed by his displays in the heart of midfield that he even approached Harry Redknapp, who was Spurs manager at the time about the possibilty of a deal to bring Grealish to North London and use one of his first-team players as bait to send to Villa Park.

Grealish admitted that he thought he was on the verge of signing for Tottenham at the start of last season with Villa in financial difficulty, only for the club to be taken over and the new owners refusing to sanction a deal (talkSPORT).

After staying at Villa he captained his boyhood club back to the Premier League, where he has been in impressive form this season.

Sherwood told The Telegraph: “I thought we could get him if we offered someone who would be able to go straight into the Villa side and play for them every week,” 

“In fairness it wasn’t any good for Harry at that stage because Jack was just a boy. But I saw him as the future of the club.”

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