Alasdair Gold has revealed that Tottenham made an “utter mess” of their move for Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish two years ago.
According to Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold, Tottenham made an “utter mess” of their move for Jack Grealish a couple of years ago.
The Aston Villa talisman looks set to be one of the Premier League’s hottest properties of the summer transfer window, with reports in recent weeks and months heavily linking him with a switch to Manchester United.
Spurs are also reported to be interested in securing his services, but Gold has claimed that the Lilywhites could have signed him far earlier had they not dilly-dallied.
He said: “Spurs made an utter mess of their attempts to bring in Grealish almost two summers ago. The young midfielder could have been got for a set price, believed to be around £24m that transfer window, but Tottenham waited it out and then when Villa had new money pumped into the club they no longer needed to sell him.
“Grealish went on to shine for Villa that season to get them promoted and then proved in the Premier League in the last campaign that he would have been a star within Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side. However, that will only have increased his value and even if Aston Villa do get relegated I can’t see Tottenham spending big money on anyone this summer in the current climate – particularly in that position – unless they offload someone for big money.”
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.
Spurs had the perfect opportunity to seal a deal for Grealish, but because they weren’t decisive enough, they missed out on his signature, and face the prospect of seeing him join one of their rivals in United.
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It’s another damning verdict on Daniel Levy and the rest of the Spurs hierarchy for their inability to get deals over the line, and always trying to penny pinch.
Particularly now with Christian Eriksen having gone in the January transfer window, and finances set to be tight for clubs around the world, Spurs are going to find it incredibly difficult to find a genuine replacement for their former play-maker. And Grealish could have been exactly that had they not stalled a couple of summers ago.
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