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David Moyes and West Ham make Kalvin Phillips decision following X-rated St James’ Park incident



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West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed a decision regarding on-loan Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, after Saturday’s angered post-match incident at Newcastle.

The 28-year-old, who is on loan at West Ham for the remainder of the current campaign after leaving Manchester City in search of regular minutes in January, was involved in an angered outburst upon retuning to the Hammers first-team coach at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Phillips was pictured sticking his middle finger up at supporters upon boarding the West Ham bus on Tyneside, with the midfielder having conceded a penalty during the Hammers’ dramatic 4-3 loss to Newcastle in the Premier League.

The Englishman was making his seventh Premier League appearance for West Ham at the weekend, as the midfielder seeks to rebuild his career following a difficult 18-month spell at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite being part of Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning squad last season, Phillips has made just six starts for Manchester City since signing from Leeds United for £42 million in July 2022.

The 28-year-old rejected the opportunity to leave Manchester City during the summer, and chose to move to West Ham during the January transfer window, with David Moyes signing the midfielder despite interest from a host of other Premier League clubs – including Newcastle and Fulham.

The Englishman completed a loan move to east London amid particular concern for his place within Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of this summer’s European Championship in Germany, with the Three Lions boss omitting the Leeds-born midfielder for recent March internationals.

Despite Saturday’s post-match incident, Hammers boss Moyes has outlined his public support for Phillips, saying: “Kalvin Phillips is a human being, what he needs is support and people to help him.

“We will support Kalvin. He’s a really good player and I believe we can still make something out of the time we’ve got with him here.”

West Ham host Tottenham at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Tuesday evening, with Moyes’ side currently 7th in the Premier League and chasing European qualification for the next campaign.

The east London side are also bidding to win successive European trophies, with the Hammers facing Bundesliga high-flyers Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League quarter-finals this month.