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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - by Neil Fissler

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP sides are fall­ing over them­selves to sign Repub­lic of Ire­land un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional Jack Gre­al­ish.

The As­ton Villa young­ster is the sub­ject of in­ter­est from at least five clubs in the top tier of the Foot­ball League.

Gre­al­ish has been pushed down the peck­ing or­der at Villa Park af­ter the ar­rival of Scott Sin­clair from Manch­ester City.

Villa are pre­pared to al­low the winger out on loan for the rest of the sea­son and there are plenty of tak­ers for his ser­vices.

Bournemouth, Ip­swich, Not­ting­ham For­est, Brighton and Brent­ford have all made Villa aware of their in­ter­est.

Gre­al­ish has made 12 ap­pear­ances for Villa this sea­son but they are keen to get him play­ing reg­u­larly to gain more ex­pe­ri­ence.

The 19-year-old, who hails from Birm­ing­ham, will be avail­able when the emer­gency loan win­dow opens for busi­ness on Tues­day.

And that will spark a mad scram­ble from clubs want­ing to sign him, es­pe­cially Bournemouth who are hop­ing that he will aid their bid for pro­mo­tion.

Boss Ed­die Howe has had his scouts check out Gre­al­ish play­ing for Villa’s devel­op­ment squad and would love to tempt him to the south coast. BARNS­LEY are keen on ex­tend­ing the stay of Manch­ester United mid­fielder Ben Pear­son at Oak­well for an­other month.

Boss Danny Wil­son is speak­ing to the Red Devils in a bid to get the green light to keep the 20-year-old, who scored the win­ner against Port Vale last week­end. BLACK­POOL are look­ing to bol­ster their squad for a battle against rel­e­ga­tion by sign­ing Sh­effield Wed­nes­day striker Gary Ma­dine on loan.

The emer­gency loan win­dow opens this week and Black­pool boss Lee Clark has been given the green light to do some busi­ness.

Ma­dine, 24, has seen his ca­reer stall since be­ing sent to pri­son in 2013 for 18 months af­ter be­ing found guilty of two charges of as­sault.

He is keen to get regular starts and knows that he will have to leave Wed­nes­day to get them, and is will­ing to make the move to the Fylde Coast.

Black­pool are keen to take him on a 93-day loan af­ter fail­ing to get a deal done be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closed last Mon­day night.

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