However, the arrival of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens as majority owners at Villa has helped ease the financial burden on the club and they are no longer in a position where they have to sell their best players, albeit they do still need to raise £40m to fall into line with Financial Fair Play.
"'We all know what football is, but at the moment Spurs haven't got anywhere near what the owners want to consider - so there's not a discussion to be had at the moment, because they've not got anywhere near the figure they demand".More news: Ben Schwartz is the new voice of Sonic The Hedgehog
Therefore, it seems all of Tottenham's eggs are in the basket of Grealish with less than six days to go until the transfer window slams shut.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move away from Villa Park throughout the summer, with Spurs one of several clubs credited with interest in his signature. "The one thing the owners have made pretty clear is that no one is for sale", he said.
He said: "The owners are aware that every player has got his price".More news: US Will Sanction Russia After UK Nerve Agent Attack
His ability to drag Villa up the pitch single-handedly was a hallmark of his stand-out performances for Villa last season and he was easily their best player during their play-off final defeat to Fulham at Wembley in May.
Bruce also admitted Villa would be prepared to offer Grealish - who has two years left on his current deal - a new contract if he stayed beyond Thursday's transfer deadline.More news: BriefIDF kills two Hamas terrorists who fired on patrol
The Championship season starts tonight with the Premier League season beginning next Friday.