West Ham are reportedly in the hunt to sign Aston Villa’s £40million-rated playmaker Jack Grealish, but new manager Manuel Pellegrini should pull the plug on any kind of deal unless it can be significantly reduced.
The Daily Star reports that Villa are willing to offload the 22-year-old this summer after they lost in the Championship play-off final to Fulham.
It is understood they need a financial boost and that is why they value the English creator at around £40million.
The report details that West Ham and Spurs are interested in the Championship maestro, but would want to negotiate on any potential transfer fee.
Pellegrini simply shouldn’t go anywhere near a £40million fee for Villa’s talisman, despite the fact he has a huge future ahead of him and looks ready for Premier League football.
Grealish is an attacking midfielder that has dazzled for Villa this campaign, scoring three goals and supplying eight assists in 34 appearances.
However, West Ham should go no higher than £20million for a player from England’s second-tier and in truth it is their defence that needs the major overhaul under Pellegrini.
The Hammers have a host of creative forces at their disposal in their squad and there is no guaranteed Grealish would force his way into the starting XI at the London Stadium.
In other West Ham transfer news, Rangers are plotting a bid to sign an enforcer exiting the London Stadium this summer.