Leicester are in the hunt to sign Aston Villa attacker Jack Grealish and will move for him in the summer if the West Midlands club miss out on promotion to the Premier League, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Grealish, 22, is valued at £20million and has attracted the attention of the 2016 Premier League champions by re-igniting his form in the Championship this term.
It is understood that Leicester have identified the £20,000-a-week Villa player as a potential No 10 to play in behind goal machine Jamie Vardy.
Villa may be able to keep hold of the 22-year-old if they secure promotion though as the report claims that the former England youth international is in line to get a pay-rise.
Grealish has made 25 appearances in all competitions for Aston Villa this season, scoring three goals and supplying five assists in the process.
He has recently put in man of the match displays against the likes of Wolves and Leeds United as Steve Bruce’s side aim to secure promotion, which now seems most likely to come via the play-offs.
Football Insider verdict
Grealish has played very well this season but has struggled for the last few years after barely making an impact in the Premier League or in the Championship last term. Bruce has definitely got the best out of the 22-year-old, who seems to have finally put his off-field antics to bed since he came back from his freak kidney injury that hampered his start to the season. Over the past couple of months Grealish has been one of the best players in the second-tier, but Leicester will surely want to know if he can sustain that form if they are going to spend £20million on him. If Villa stay down, they should definitely take the £20million.
In other Aston Villa news, this 25-year-old Villain is in the form of his life but Bruce must discard him in the summer.