Tottenham lead chase for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish – sources

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Tottenham are weighing up a move for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, sources close to the Premier League club have told ESPN FC.

Grealish, 22, has been identified by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as one of the club’s top targets this summer.

Villa are bracing themselves for interest in a number of players this summer in the wake of their financial problems having only staved off the threat of administration by paying off a tax bill from HMRC.

Grealish is Villa’s star player and the club are determined not to sell the England under-21 international on the cheap, while Spurs are reluctant to pay a high fee for a player outside the Premier League.

Leicester City are also keeping tabs on Grealish’s situation, but Tottenham are the front runners in the race to land him.

Pochettino sees Grealish as fitting the profile of the type of player he wants at Tottenham, feeling he can help develop the midfielder into a better player while also strengthening the core of young English talents at the club.

Peter O’Rourke is ESPN FC’s transfer news correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @SportsPeteO.