Manchester City could be set to welcome a new club into the race to sign out-of-favour midfielder Kalvin Phillips this month, according to a new report.
With the three-week mark of the current transfer window rapidly approaching, time is running out for Phillips and his entourage to arrange for a temporary move away from the Etihad Stadium with a view towards consistent game time.
It has been widely speculated that Phillips is keen to leave Manchester City until the end of the ongoing season in an attempt to improve his chances of joining Gareth Southgate’s squad list for the summer’s European Championships in Germany.
However, with faltering efforts from Juventus and Newcastle United ongoing in the background, a new club has emerged as a potential suitor for the 28-year-old’s signature, according to one new report.
As per the information of talkSPORT, West Ham United are now contemplating a move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, despite intense competition from across the division.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has also emphasised his own personal interest in the player’s talents, but stressed recently that a lot would depend on Selhurst Park bosses’ ability to finance such a high-profile deal.
Manchester City are understood to be eyeing a significant loan fee for the services of Phillips this month, with a figure in the region of £6 million having been mooted in various quarters in recent weeks.
Should Phillips manager to move away from the Etihad Stadium in the coming days, it is highly unlikely that Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City colleagues would look towards the transfer market for a replacement.
The Catalan coach has often utilised existing options this season when needed to replace Rodrigo in his starting line-up, with the likes of John Stones, Manuel Akanji, and Rico Lewis all having excelled in the defensive midfield slot.
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