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Everton considering move for Manchester City midfielder – Club handed unlikely boost over weekend



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Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips has emerged as a potential transfer target for Everton ahead of the summer window.

The 28-year-old is expected to leave the Etihad Stadium ahead of the new season following another challenging campaign with Manchester City, with the Englishman’s struggles leading to the midfielder moving to West Ham United in January on loan.

Phillips moved to the London Stadium for the second-half of the season, making eight Premier League appearances for David Moyes’ side, and also featuring in the Hammers’ UEFA Europa League campaign.

The Englishman was also handed a Premier League medal by Manchester City earlier this month, despite making just two starts during the entirety of the 2023/24 campaign for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Phillips, who moved to east Manchester in a £42 million deal from Leeds United in 2022, has won six trophies with the Sky Blues, including the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.

The midfielder had also been linked with both Newcastle and Fulham in January, and was subject to a series of transfer approaches last summer, but chose to remain at Manchester City, where the 28-year-old made 10 appearances.

Boyhood club Leeds had emerged as a potential destination for the 28-year-old this summer, however the Yorkshire club’s defeat in Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship play-off final to Southampton has hampered plans for a return to Elland Road.

Phillips could still leave the Etihad this summer, with Sky Sports reporting that Everton are ‘looking at a move’ for the England midfielder, with the Merseyside club having increased chances of ‘brokering a deal’ following the weekend’s result at Wembley Stadium.

It is currently unknown whether Manchester City would sanction another loan for the midfielder, as Etihad officials bid to raise transfer funds to help with the Blues’ plans to add to Guardiola’s first-team squad this summer.