Aged 19, Grealish has been hailed as one of the Premier League’s most exciting prospects after making his first-team breakthrough at the start of the season, but his first-team minutes have been limited in recent months.
The Mirror reported Forest’s interest in the promising teenager back in October but, with Villa needing bodies at the time to fill out a thin first-team squad, a deal never materialised.
However, with Villa moving to sign attacking midfielder Carles Gil from Valencia this week, it has been suggested that manager Paul Lambert could be willing to allow Grealish the chance of regular football in the Championship.
The Scot himself acknowledged in his press conference ahead of the weekend’s Liverpool game that he might allow some of the fledgling members of the squad to leave on short-term deals, telling Sky Sports: “The only ones I would look at would be the younger kids, where we need to get them playing again.
“But, regarding the more experienced ones – the lads who are in the first-team squad, no.”
It’s worth noting that Grealish failed to make the bench for the recent 1-0 defeat at Leicester and, with Gil now arriving at Villa Park, his chances of sizable minutes for the rest of this season look even bleaker.
Lambert has handled his development with caution thus far but, considering being limited to reserve action will do him little good, a loan seems feasible on all accounts.