Aston Villa face a summer struggle to keep hold of midfielder Jack Grealish, as Tottenham Hotspur reignite their interest in the 23-year-old.
Mauricio Pochettino failed in his attempts to sign Grealish last summer for £25m, with the Englishman signing a new five-year deal at Villa Park, but it has been reported that Spurs will make another move in the 2019 summer transfer window.
According to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham will join fellow Premier League clubs West Ham United and Bournemouth in an attempt to bring Grealish to the top flight - a move that would be welcomed by England manager Gareth Southgate.
Speaking before last Friday's Euro 2020 qualifying win over the Czech Republic, Southgate spoke to the media about Grealish's England future and cited the lack of top level football as a factor in Grealish's exclusion from the Three Lions squad.
“I’m not going to say we won’t pick from the Championship, as that could happen, but it’s far more difficult to assess his level."
Despite scoring just four goals and making four assists, Grealish has performed well for Aston Villa this season and has worn the captain's armband three times in March, but Southgate admits a call-up is unlikely until he makes the step up to the Premier League.
“That’s at another level in the Premier League, the speed, the pace. So, Jack’s a player we know all about, he’s a player we track.
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