Spurs could have signed £80million-rated Villa skipper Grealish for just £6m

first_imgDANIEL LEVY will be hoping his determination to drive a hard bargain does not come back to haunt him at Villa Park this afternoon.Tottenham chairman Levy  watches his club’s  Premier League clash against Aston Villa knowing he could have signed the hosts’ £80MILLION skipper Jack Grealish for £6M just 18 months ago.3 Tottenham could have bought Villa skipper Jack Grealish for just £6mCredit: Getty Images – GettyVilla, then cash strapped and in the Championship, were willing to sell their star man for that meagre price as they desperately needed the money.Club chiefs were in a race against time to pay off  debt and save Villa from the prospect of going into administration — or even worse. It was July  2018 and Levy and  the squad were literally at the airport waiting to head off to Los Angeles for a pre-season tour.But the Spurs supremo believed he could get Grealish for £5m, or even £4m, so he decided to make Villa sweat and boarded the plane.3 Grealish (pictured to the left) is now reported to be valued at £80millionCredit: Getty Images – GettyIt turned out to be a  big mistake because by the time he landed in LA 11 hours later, Villa  had been bought by billionaires Nassef  Sawiris and Wes Edens.And that meant they were no longer skint and in desperate need of cash . . . so their asking price for Grealish was up to £40m.Spurs considered lining up another bid of £20m, but Levy knew it would be rejected so they pulled out of the race to sign the former England Under-21 star.3Grealish was gutted as he had set his heart on a switch to the North London club.But he managed to put that disappointment behind him as he  led his boyhood idols Villa back into the Premier League via the play-offs last season.Grealish, 24, has kicked on again this term and his outstanding displays have caught the eyes of Europe’s top  clubs — including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.The Red Devils are believed to be lining up an £80m summer swoop for the playmaker.Most read in footballFOUR-TUNE TELLERSRugby league working on four potential restart dates as finals may switchIT’S AL GOODTottenham star Alderweireld buys iPads and laptops to help coronavirus victimsASHES FLICKEREngland’s Ashes series against Australia not cancelled yet despite concerns’MENTALITY MISTAKES’Jose blames Wolves defeat on mistakes and demands Spurs be ‘ruthless’NDOM-BELLYSpurs fans demand trophy after pancake world record is set at Tottenham StadiumGossipSPURS SAY ALTAYTottenham ‘to negotiate £20m transfer for Fenerbahce goalkeeper Bayindir’MIXED EMOTIONSJose delighted with Bergwijn’s Spurs debut but fumes over Sterling tackleMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLevy — widely regarded as one of the toughest negotiators in football — must be kicking himself.While Grealish, must have no regrets about it now the way his career has panned out.But you cannot help but wonder how differently things could have turned out for all parties, had Spurs snapped up Grealish for that bargain fee when they had the chance.last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden

first_imgArizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) celebrates his sack of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Golden played in 15 games (six starts) and racked up 31 total tackles, four sacks and forced two fumbles. He also led the team and ranked 15th in the league with 24 quarterback hurries.His rookie season has been recognized. Mel Kiper of ESPN named Golden as one of the starting outside linebackers on his All-Rookie Team, released Thursday in an Insider piece.“Golden looks like an absolute steal for the Cardinals. He’s going to get his share of sacks in the future (and maybe in the playoffs),” Kiper wrote about Golden.The former Missouri Tiger was the only Cardinal on Kiper’s squad and he was joined by Washington’s Preston Smith at the outside linebacker position.The defense was highlighted by Kiper’s pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year, New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams, who had 63 total tackles and three sacks on the season.Golden’s fellow Arizona rookie, running back David Johnson, was left off the team despite his all-purpose excellence in 2015. Johnson, a third-round pick out of Northern Iowa, amassed 1,636 all-purpose yards, good enough for eighth-most in the league and third among rookies behind Seattle’s Tyler Lockett and Detroit’s Ameer Abdullah. Johnson’s 13 touchdowns were tied for second-most in the league.center_img Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, last spring’s top overall pick, highlighted Kiper’s All-Rookie Offense, which also included St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper. During a season in which they won a franchise-record 13 games, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t get a contribution from their first-round draft pick, offensive tackle D.J. Humphries.The 24th overall pick didn’t play a down for head coach Bruce Arians all season. In fact, he didn’t even dress for a single game day.But the emergence of their second-round pick, outside linebacker Markus Golden, has helped ensure it was still a productive draft haul for general manager Steve Keim and the team. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more