Stoke to make move for gifted Aston Villa troublemaker

Stoke City are ready to raid relegated Aston Villa and sign Jack Grealish this summer, according to The Sun.

The Midlands outfit endured a torrid campaign and will play their football in The Championship next term after demotion from the top tier.

A host of the Villa players are expected to be sold on by new boss Roberto Di Matteo, with Grealish regarded as one of the most able.

The England under-21 star has displayed excellent skill and vision in the Villa Park first team but has also had his disciplinary issues away from the action that have blighted his progression.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is looking for cover for Ibrahim Afellay, who is expected to be sidelined for the first couple of months of next season, and will take a gamble on Grealish this summer.

The Potters are trying to get more technical players into their team and the acquisition of the Villa attacker could well be a shrewd move by the Britannia Stadium outfit.