West Ham join the race for Championship star

West Ham United have joined the race for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, according to The Mirror.

The 23-year-old has been a target for London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for some time but the Hammers are now registering their interest along with Bournemouth.

Grealish may have to leave Villa to boost his chances of playing for England with Gareth Southgate commenting in recent weeks that he will only have a slight chance of featuring for the Three Lions while plying his trade in the Championship.

The playmaker represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level but switched his allegiance to England in 2015.

He featured seven times for England U21s, scoring twice in a 7-1 win over Guinea at the Toulon Tournament in 2016.

Spurs have been long admirers of Grealish and they came close to signing him for around £25million last year but Villa managed to fend off the interest and he later agreed to a new five-year contract with the Midlands club.

Tottenham are understood to be looking to make another approach this summer but they face competition from fellow Premier League sides West Ham and Bournemouth.

Grealish has been playing as an attacking midfielder at Villa and this could be area Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to bolster once the transfer window reopens in June as Manuel Lanzini has struggled with injury and Samir Nasri is out of contract at the end of the season.

Lanzini only returned from a cruciate ligament injury last month but has featured in the last five matches while Nasri, who only signed on a deal until the end of the campaign in January, has made just three starts.

There could be somewhat of a transfer overhaul at the Olympic Stadium this summer as Pellegrini is keen to add a new striker, left back and goalkeeper to his squad.