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West Ham show interest in 22-year old English playmaker

West Ham are reported to be one of five Premier League teams circling around Jack Grealish following Aston Villa’s failure in the Championship Playoff final last weekend. Everton, Leicester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in addition to the Hammers have all shown interest in the 22-year-old according to reports in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.

Aston Villa faces a £45m black hole in their finances following their failure to get promoted to the Premier League and will lose £11m in Premier League parachute payments next season.

Villa owner Tony Xia said: ‘We are all aware that we will face severe FFP challenges next season. I am an Aston Villa fan. But I am also a businessman. Under the current circumstances, I think the club needs to rethink not only the past two years but also the past ten years. Villa needs to be a sustainable football club. We have been heavily investing for the past two seasons. However, the loss on Saturday means that we need to change a lot of things.’

It is for that reason why Robert Snodgrass is returning to West Ham without a bid or option of the second season on loan.

Grealish is valued at around £25m and said to be just the type of player that would attract Pellegrini who renowned for free-flowing attacking football and getting the best out of gifted, sometimes challenging footballers. Fresh reports this morning seem to suggest his valuation has skyrocketed to £40m in a matter of 24 hours.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “West Ham show interest in 22-year old English playmaker

  1. This morning that £25mil seems to be £40mil….!!
    For a player who was most noted in last weekends game for ‘diving’ and ‘going down easier than a Southend slapper’, it seems like a lot of money……

  2. Seen him a few times. Not massively impressed. Now he will prove me wrong but he looks like so many of those ‘exciting young playmakers’ we have produced in this country over the years. They look good at 19/20. By 21/22 they are either injury prone or people at starting to say it’s time for them to be more consistent. By 25 everybody is shrugging their shoulders. He could be Gazza 2, but I doubt it. Even in our mad world surely nobody would pay £25m let alone £40m…

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