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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.