Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has revealed Jack Grealish would be a Tottenham player right now had the Londoners made an offer earlier in the transfer window.
Grealish emerged as Spurs’ priority transfer target over the summer. The Premier League club expected to sign him on the cheap when Villa were in financial peril.
New owners suddenly came in and saved Villa from their money troubles. Their investment also meant Tottenham were no longer able to buy Grealish for a reduced fee.
Spurs made an offer late in the window, but Villa rejected it outright and told Daniel Levy that Grealish was no longer for sale at any price.
In the end, Tottenham failed to make a single signing over the summer after putting all of their eggs in one basket with Grealish.
And now, Bruce has claimed Spurs would have signed the 22-year-old had they made their move before the new owners came in.
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“If Tottenham had done their work early he would be a Spurs player now,” Bruce told talkSPORT.
It’s safe to say Tottenham fans weren’t happy to hear Bruce’s latest comments. Many voiced their discontent on social media – read the best Twitter responses below.
That’s the problem. Levy takes too long to sort out a deal which just pisses off the other team.
— Spurs_chats (@ChatsSpurs) August 17, 2018
We all know that as spurs fans. The problem is our chairman Mr Last minute. We need someone solely in charge of transfers on the board. I think he has single handily upset every other chairman in the world.
— Sean Hogan (@SeanHogan2) August 17, 2018
Rather obvious this! Levy wanted to get him on the cheap and probably would’ve but the unexpected takeover killed that off. Hopefully for the player’s sake, he hasn’t missed out indefinitely on the spurs move.
— MatthewN17 (@N17Matthew) August 17, 2018