According to a report in the Yorkshire Post, Leeds United made a pre-deadline approach for Jack Grealish of Aston Villa, with Steve Evans hoping to sign him on loan hours before the Football League loan window closed.
The window closed on Thursday last week, and despite Evans’ desire to sign a new attacker on loan, he could only complete a deal for defensive midfielder Liam Bridcutt.
There were no indications during the window that Grealish was a target, seeing as he is an important member of the Villa first-team, but his casting out from the senior side by Remi Garde last week opened up his availability.
The report claims that Leeds made the move when it became clear that Grealish had fallen out of favour under Garde, but their approach was rejected by the Villa management.
Grealish is currently training with Villa’s Under-21 side following criticisms about his personal life, but clearly Garde did not want to sanction his departure seeing as the young wonderkid may have to become part of his first-team again if results do not improve any time soon.
If Leeds were able to pull of the signing of Grealish, it would have been something of a coup for the Championship team. He is a proven Premier League performer, and although he is young and inexperienced, he would be a guaranteed starter in Evans’ team.
The young playmaker would have brought creativity and attacking flair which has been so lacking in the Leeds team this season, and it could have given Grealish himself a chance to get into form after some struggles with Villa this term.
Unfortunately for Leeds, they missed out on the chance to sign Grealish on loan before the deadline passed, but if the youngster’s situation does not change at Villa Park in the coming weeks, the Whites should really consider making another move for him in January.