West Ham United have been linked with a summer move for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.
According to a new report in The Daily Star, West Ham are ‘circling’ for Grealish.
The Star claims Grealish will be sold this summer if Villa fail to achieve promotion.
West Ham ‘circling’ for Grealish
The odds are against Dean Smith’s side as they sit in sixth place in the increasingly desperate fight just to make the play-offs – which is between as many as 10 teams.
A move for Grealish would cost West Ham a pretty penny.
But Hammers co-owners proved they are willing to back manager Manuel Pellegrini after spending £100 million last summer.
If West Ham are to land the classy midfield star they would go some way to recreating a legendary partnership that graced the club for years.
Jack and Deccer
Grealish has been compared to Hammers Sir Trevor Brooking in his style and ability.
Meanwhile West Ham and England midfield enforcer Declan Rice has been compared to another claret and blue legend, Billy Bonds.
On the pitch in their heyday for West Ham, Bonds was Brooking’s protector in a midfield dynamic that has not been seen in East London since.
Pairing Grealish with Rice would give West Ham a core for years to come.
The new Brooking and Bonds?
Indeed it could also prove to be England’s future central midfield partnership.
Of course it is some billing to live up to.
Brooking and Bonds were two of West Ham’s greatest ever players, as the stands bearing their name testify.
But West Ham must start making a new history in their new stadium and building that on a talented young English duo like Grealish and Rice would be some statement of intent.