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Kalvin Phillips and Manchester City reach conclusion over player’s future as Premier League side win race



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Manchester City are set to see Kalvin Phillips leave the club this month after all having reached an agreement over a loan deal with a fellow Premier League club.

Phillips – alongside work from his team of representatives – have been eyeing a deal to take the player away from Manchester City this month, with a view towards more consistent game time during the second-half of the season.

With Gareth Southgate selecting his England squad for the summer’s European Championships in Germany, game time to impress the Three Lions boss is of most importance to Kalvin Phillips at the moment.

However, while there had been a feeling that Italian giants Juventus were the frontrunners at one stage of the ongoing winter market, alongside interest from Newcastle United, it appears as though neither club are going to win the race for the player.

According to the information of The Mirror’s James Nursey, West Ham United are set to win the race for Manchester City’s out-of-favour defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips in a loan deal this week.

Hammers manager David Moyes is reportedly offering Phillips a chance to play much more after agreeing to meet his £130,000-a-week Etihad Stadium salary, while West Ham will also pay bonuses to ensure he gets a pay rise upon moving to the London Stadium.

While the deal to secure the services of Kalvin Phillips is only an initial loan until the end of the ongoing season, the Mirror also reports that the agreement could be reviewed in the summer, with Manchester City understood to be open to a permanent exit.

It remains unlikely that Manchester City will look to replace Kalvin Phillips in their first-team squad through a signing this month, with Pep Guardiola more likely to turn to existing options from the academy to make up the numbers.

The likes of John Stones, Manuel Akanji, Rico Lewis, and Mateo Kovacic have all occupied the defensive midfield role at various points in the ongoing campaign and to great levels of success in the eyes of the Catalan coach.

Academy stars such as Mahamadou Susoho and Jacob Wright have also progressed into first-team action this season, earning their respective senior debuts for Manchester City following exemplary work in the youth sides.