Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has advised Mauricio Pochettino to move for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish during the summer transfer window.
Last summer, the Lilywhites reportedly made a move for the 23-year-old but a deal ended up not happening as Villa refused to part ways with their gem.
Grealish was widely expected to arrive at Tottenham after Villa failed to secure promotion to the top-flight and experienced financial difficulties which nearly forced them to sell their prized asset cheaply. However, following a takeover, they decided to keep the player.
The attacker is clearly a Premier League quality player. The reported Tottenham target has been in impressive form recently and has managed to notch four goals and five assists so far this season in the Championship from 25 games.
Villa are back in the reckoning to possibly win promotion to the Premier League. Their 3-0 win against Middlesbrough on Saturday meant that they moved into sixth position on the Championship standings. They now occupy the final second-tier promotion playoff spot.
Should Villa fail to win promotion, Grealish may be tempted to leave them. He is now at a stage where he should be playing Premier League football. He will also now want to work his way into Gareth Southgate’s England plans and to do so, he should be playing top-flight football.
A move to Spurs would be tempting, especially as Tottenham boss Pochettino has a good reputation in terms of how he works with young talent.
With Spurs not strengthening their squad in the last two transfer windows, Redknapp has admitted that he could see Grealish as an excellent summer addition.
“Apparently they were going to take him, weren’t they?” the former Tottenham boss said, according to talkSPORT.
“The club was in trouble and maybe Daniel Levy thought he could really get him very cheap. Then the new owners came into Villa and they didn’t need the money suddenly.
“I love Grealish.
“I think he’s a real talent, honestly. I love watching him play.
“I think he’s a kid who could play at the very top level.”
Should Tottenham make their move again in the summer, Villa will surely struggle to hold onto Grealish – but the fee to land such a prodigious young English player would certainly be significant.