Report: Leicester to move for £20m Jack Grealish if Aston Villa fail to gain promotion this season

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on April 10, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Leicester City are said to be scouting the Aston Villa attacking midfielder.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on April 10, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish is a £20 million target for Leicester City, according to the Daily Mirror (April 17th, page 49).

And the report claims Leicester will make their move if Villa fail to gain promotion this season.

Steve Bruce's side are guaranteed a play-off place, but trail second place Cardiff City by four points having played a game more.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on April 10, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

And Grealish - who missed a chunk of the campaign through injury - is a man in form, scoring two goals and creating another in his last three appearances.

According to the Daily Mirror, Leicester have been scouting the attacking midfielder.

However, the report adds that Grealish is likely to stay at Aston Villa - on a bumper new contract - if he helps his boyhood club back to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old is said to earn £20,000 a week at Villa Park.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on April 10, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Failure to go up could hit the Villans financially, after two seasons of heavy spending.

The West Midlands outfit are due another two years' worth of parachute payments if they remain in the Championship for that long - albeit of a significantly lower amount to the previous two.

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