Tottenham leading race to sign Aston Villa's £40m-rated star Jack Grealish

Tottenham leading race to sign Aston Villa's £40m-rated star Jack Grealish

Tottenham leading race to sign Aston Villa's £40m-rated star Jack Grealish

They face another season in the Championship and also must save around £40 million to fend off Financial Fair Play scrutiny.

The club suspended chief executive Keith Wyness as news emerged of a missed tax payment to HMRC that has seen Villa threatened with a winding-up order.

It has not been ruled out that Grealish - who wants to stay for another year - could remain at Villa Park, and the club will look for other income sources, although that is a risky strategy.

A number of players have already left this summer, including John Terry and five loanees.

Villa lost to Fulham in the play-off final last month and Xia suggested last week that changes were coming in response to that failure.

Villa have paid HMRC £500,000 and will pay another £1.2m by the end of the week, it was reported on Wednesday.


The reduced instalment provided the club's owner Dr Tony Xia with the funds necessary to pay the club's players and staff for May.

Grealish is close friends with Dele and, although he is a boyhood Villa fan, the 22 year-old is likely to find the prospect of joining Tottenham and working under Pochettino appealing.

Part of the cash flow issues the club are facing are due to the fact that Villa are not now earning any matchday revenue in the close season, despite already selling 17,000 season tickets.

The position of boss Steve Bruce also remains uncertain, with Xia yet to give concrete assurances over the manager's future.

"We implore AVFC to immediately give our supporters a meaningful update on the current situation".

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