Tottenham set to push Jack Grealish transfer through as Mauricio Pochettino wants him on their US pre-season tour

Spurs’ stand-off with Aston Villa over Jack Grealish is close to ending, with Mauricio Pochettino wanting the attacking ­midfielder for the club’s US tour.

Grealish would provide ­competition for Dele Alli and is ready to quit his boyhood team for a return to the top-flight.

But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been stalling to try to drive down the price for the 22-year-old, with Villa in a financial crisis after failing to go up from the Championship last season.

Villa manager Steve Bruce has called ­Grealish’s sale “inevitable”, but time is running out for Pochettino to sign him in time for the America trip.

Grealish may be wearing the white shirt of Tottenham before this pre-season is much older

Spurs leave for Los Angeles on Sunday and have three games scheduled Stateside in the International Champions Cup, against Roma, Barcelona and AC Milan.

While Villa originally wanted ­£40million for Grealish, they may now settle for about half that amount.

Tottenham will offer a five-year deal which will see his £20,000-a-week salary rocket.

Grealish has come to terms with the necessity of leaving Villa Park since they missed out on promotion by losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Championship play-off final.

Pochettino’s men leave at the weekend for friendlies in San Diego, Pasadena and Minneapolis

Leicester were keen on him but have since moved for Norwich’s James Maddison instead, while fellow suitors West Ham landed Jack Wilshere.

That has left ­Spurs poised to get their man, after Liverpool declined to bid.

Grealish watched ­England’s World Cup with ­interest, knowing he could be in the same team as Spurs striker Harry Kane next season. He is understood to feel he could provide top service to Kane for both club and country.

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Uncapped Grealish’s international ambitions have been fuelled by advice from close pal,mentor and ex-Three Lions captain John Terry, who was his team-mate last term.

The former England Under-21s star scored three goals and ­provided six assists last season after ­returning to the team in ­November ­following kidney surgery.

He has been training hard this pre-season and laid on the goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Kidderminster after a trademark bursting run.


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