West Ham have entered the race to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, according to The Mirror.

Tottenham Hotspur were heavily interested in the Aston Villa midfielder last summer but they missed out on the chance to sign him.

Spurs are ready to rekindle their interest but face a battle from West Ham and Bournemouth to sign Grealish.

Who is Jack Grealish?

Jack Grealish recently scored the winner in the Second City derby. (Photo by Tim Markland/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Birmingham-born Grealish has come through the ranks at his boyhood club Aston Villa and is now the star man in the first-team.

The 23-year-old is known for his skill and creative spark in midfield and he has four goals and five assists this season for the Villans.

This included the winning goal in the recent Second City derby against Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s, shortly after he had been punched by a pitch-invading fan.

Operating anywhere across the midfield, Grealish has shaken off injuries this season to spark Aston Villa into life and push them into play-off contention.

 

He is also the most fouled player in the Championship, showing just how worried second tier defenders are when he runs at them.

Can West Ham win the race for Jack Grealish?

Jack Grealish recently signed a five-year deal at Villa Park. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

If Aston Villa win promotion, Grealish will almost certainly remain with the club he supported as a boy.

Tottenham nearly signed Grealish for £25m last summer (The Mirror) but he has since signed a five-year deal with Aston Villa.

With less financial pressure this summer, especially if they go up, Aston Villa are unlikely to let their prize asset leave on the cheap.

But Gareth Southgate has recently told the ex-England under-21 man that he needs to be playing Premier League football to be considered for the senior national team (The Telegraph).

This could hand West Ham a boost in their Grealish pursuit, but Aston Villa winning the play-offs would dent their hopes and Tottenham’s interest will be tough to compete with.