One player widely tipped for a move in the summer window who ended-up staying put was Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
The 22-year old midfielder was consistently linked with a transfer to Spurs, with Villa at one stage look set to lose the England under-21 international in a cut-price deal following the club’s financial meltdown after failing to win promotion to the Premier League last season, and their subsequent struggles to adhere to the requirements of Financial Fair Play (FFP).
Spurs eventually made a bid of £25 million for the playmaker but, by then, Villa had obtained new investors, and could afford, much to Grealish’s disappointment, to turn down the offer which did not match their valuation of the player.
Now, according to The Daily Star, Grealish is about to be offered some consolation in the form of a new contract that will not only make him the highest paid player at the club, but which will also include a clause allowing him for leave next summer if Villa fail, for the second successive season, to secure promotion.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.