Tottenham’s offer for Jack Grealish is “nowhere near” Aston Villa’s valuation of the player, according to Steve Bruce.
Grealish emerged as a target for Spurs earlier this summer when Villa were struggling financially – the Londoners saw an opportunity to sign him on the cheap and made their move.
Since then new investors have pumped additional funds into Villa, and it is believed the Championship club no longer need to cash in on Grealish.
Those reports also claimed Spurs will make an opening offer of £20 million for Grealish. But Villa boss Bruce has revealed Tottenham aren’t close to meeting the midfielder’s valuation.
“I don’t think we’ve had a formal bid,” Bruce said in a press conference (via Sky Sports).
“There’s been discussions and that’s been going on all summer. The one thing the owners have made pretty clear is that no-one is for sale.
“We don’t want to lose our best players, but they’re aware of course that everyone has their price. The best thing the owners have been able to do is not let anybody go on the cheap.
“So if someone wants to buy our players, they’re going to have to find a premium and make sure the owners are comfortable with it.
“We all know what football is, but at the moment Spurs haven’t got anywhere near what the owners want to consider – so there’s not a discussion to be had at the moment, because they’ve not got anywhere near the figure they demand.”
Tottenham are the only Premier League club yet to make a signing this summer, and many fans are growing inpatient with the club’s lack of business.
With under a week left until the transfer window closes, it looks like Grealish could be the only player coming through the doors – unless chairman Daniel Levy manages to pull off a surprise late deal.