Date: 10th August 2018 at 11:58am
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could sign in January for a set fee as Aston Villa prepare to hand him a new contract with a £30million buyout clause, according to the Sun.

The newspaper claim that Grealish, 22, is set to sign the deal and wait for his move after being left “devastated” at missing out on a summer move to Champions League outfit Spurs.

The Sun report a new contract means Tottenham may still land the attacking midfielder in the winter window after having a £25million bid rejected earlier this week.

Good move for Aston Villa?

Yes. It may seem fairly pointless for Villa to tie Grealish down to a new contract and then lose him the following window, particularly after making such a song and dance about Spurs’ £25million bid being well below their asking price. Sure, the Midlands giants, under new ownership, did well to hold on to their prize asset. But they will also be aware that he is in a difficult place mentally and emotionally after seeing an excellent career move fall through due to his employers. A new deal would soothe some of Grealish’s wounds. It would naturally mean a pay rise, and probably a very lucrative one, and would have the knock-on effect of keeping the attacker happy at what is a crucial time for Villa. They need to hit the ground running in the new campaign, and need their star player motivated and keen to deliver the goods. Handing him a contract with a release clause won’t necessarily push him out the door quicker, but could help him deliver outstanding performances before he does go.

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