West Ham in talks over deal for Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips

As per Sky Sports, West Ham are in talks with Manchester City over a move for Kalvin Phillips.

Discussions between the two sides are said to be currently ongoing regarding the conditions of the deal, but West Ham are facing competition from multiple top clubs in England and around Europe.

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle and Roy Hodgson’s Palace are both keen on the midfielder, as are Spanish giants Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, whilst Serie A record champions Juventus are also interested, and have been in contact with City since the beginning of the month.

Despite this interest though, Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian reports that clubs are still waiting for City to drop their demands for a £7m loan fee to acquire the 28-year-old – with that price being seen as ‘excessive’ for just half a season.

The England international is said to be keen on a move away from Manchester, where despite winning a treble in his debut season, he’s not made a significant impact under Pep Guardiola – playing just 608 minutes in all competitions last campaign following his £41m move from Leeds United in July 2022.

Things haven’t improved this season either. As, despite starting holding midfielder Rodri being unavailable on multiple occasions, Phillips has made just 2 starts and played 312 minutes for The Citizens.

As such, England’s men’s 2020/21 player of the season is expected to depart the Premier League champions in the coming weeks – as he looks to gain valuable game time in the hope of sealing a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2024. 

As for his potential suitors West Ham, Phillips would make a valuable addition in David Moyes’ side, joining the likes of Lucas Paquetá, Edson Álvarez, Tomáš Souček, and James Ward-Prowse to form an impressive and well-rounded midfield, as The Hammers look to fill the gap left by club-record sale Declan Rice in the summer and compete at the top level of the Premier League and Europa League for the rest of the campaign.

Travis Levison | Get Football

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