Jack Grealish appears to be inching ever closer to leaving Aston Villa in order to join Manchester City. And it could be very bad news for West Ham.

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Sky Sports claims that a £100 million offer has been lodged by Man City for the 25-year-old Villa ace.

At first glance, Grealish’s future should really have no bearing on West Ham.

Upon closer inspection, however, the England international moving to The Etihad for such a huge transfer fee could really affect David Moyes’s business at the London Stadium this summer.

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Jack Grealish is allegedly closing in on a move to Manchester City (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jack Grealish joining Manchester City could hurt West Ham

If Aston Villa do receive a British transfer record fee for the 25-year-old, they will have huge financial muscle in the transfer market.

And considering the fact that Villa and West Ham have been linked with so many of the same players, that could be really bad news for us.


The Hammers and the Villans are both in for Tammy Abraham (TEAMtalk), Danny Ings (TEAMtalk), Axel Tuanzebe and Attila Szalai (Birmingham Mail) and Mohamed Ali Camara (Sport Witness).

West Ham boss David Moyes and Aston Villa manager Dean Smith could be battling it out for numerous players this month (Photo by LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Money is tight in East London. As such, Moyes will have to be thrifty in his player recruitment.

If Dean Smith is all of a sudden handed a huge £100 million war-chest, West Ham’s hopes of signing any of the players mentioned above would take a severe hit.

The Hammers already find it hard enough to get transfer deals for players over the line.

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And if Grealish leaves Villa Park to join Man City, the west Midlands outfit may well be able to blow us out the water in the transfer market this summer.

That’s not the end of the world though. Moyes needs to shop smart. And there are plenty of talented bargains out there waiting to be signed. Whether we have the scouting department needed to unearth those gems is another matter entirely, however.

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