Aston Villa star offered route back into Premier League as scouts return glowing report - report

By Coral Barry

Stoke are ready to offer Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish a route back into the Premier League, according to a report.

The 20-year-old struggled with injuries and consistency through-out Villa’s doomed season, but reminded everyone of his potential with an excellent series of performances for the England Under-21s in their Toulon Tournament triumph.

Grealish’s displays were closely watched in the competition by Stoke scouts and the Sun claim Mark Hughes is now set to offer the Englishman an offer.

Stoke are reportedly looking for cover after Ibrahim Affellay was ruled out until Christmas due to damaged knee ligaments.

Hughes is also concerned Marko Arnautovic might jump ship this summer with the 27-year-old so far refusing to sign a new contract, but Grealish’s own deal at Villa might prove a problem with the youngster under contract until 2018.

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Grealish could have the opportunity to revive his Villa career by becoming a key player in their quest to be promoted straight back into the topflight.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo will presumably wipe the slate clean for most of his players and turn to relying on some of the younger talents in the squad as he begins a summer clear-out.

Grealish made just nine starts in the league this season and could feel a fresh start at another club would do him good.

In other Villa news, Di Matteo has been given the green light to gut the squad of five of its most unpopular players.