Tim Sherwood reveals how Tottenham missed out on Manchester City’s £100 million star Jack Grealish

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Tottenham could have signed Jack Grealish in a swap deal even before he made his Premier League debut according to Tim Sherwood.

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says he wanted to sign England and Manchester City forward Jack Grealish even before he became a big deal in the Premier League.

Sherwood is credited with giving Grealish his Premier League debut in 2015 at Aston Villa and both enjoyed a good working relationship before the now TV and Radio pundit was sacked in 2016.

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The ex-Tottenham and Villa boss has now detailed how he tried to get the talented player to north London in his early days.

He told TalkSport: “I watched him when he was 16 against Tottenham’s Under-18s at Villa.

“I remember going back to the first-team game at White Hart Lane and Redknapp said, well what was the score?.

“I said, ‘I don’t know Harry, all I was doing was watching this boy Grealish, it was incredible.

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“I said, [Villa] wants to take Jermaine Jenas, we should do a swap for this boy.

“Harry, quite rightly, said, he’s only 16, by the time he’s in the first-team I’ll be gone. As a football manager he’s absolutely right, looking after yourself as you would do.

“But for the club it would’ve been a great move. It would’ve been a great move for Jermaine as he ended up going to Villa [on loan] anyway.”

A boyhood Villa fan, Grealish joined the club aged six and made 213 appearances in all competitions, scoring 32 goals before sealing his record £100 million deal to Manchester City in 2021.

After a difficult first season, Grealish is now a regular under Pep Guardiola and enjoying his game at the Etihad.

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