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Manchester City midfielder set for ‘pay rise’ following agreement to join Premier League club



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Out-of-favour Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips is set to earn himself a pay rise by quitting the Etihad Stadium club in the coming days, a report has revealed.

The latest developments are likely to bring to an end a month-long saga concerning the 28-year-old midfielder, who has been eyeing a move away from Manchester City to ensure he receives enough game time to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The Three Lions jet off to the European Championships this summer and Phillips is desperate to be a part of the action, but will almost certainly need an uprise in his afforded minutes at club level if he is to star in Southgate’s final squad list.

Kalvin Phillips has not been short of options this month, despite being restricted in his action under Pep Guardiola, with the likes of Juventus, Newcastle United, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid all offering a level of interest in the player.

However, despite interest from within Europe, Phillips is set to remain in the Premier League, with a deal to join up with long-term admirer David Moyes in the capital on the verge of completion, according to reports.

As per the information of journalist Alan Nixon, Kalvin Phillips is now ‘happy to sign’ for West Ham United and will complete his loan switch from Premier League champions Manchester City ‘shortly’.

It is claimed that not only will Phillips see his Manchester City wages paid by his new employers West Ham, but that the England international will also earn a bonus which is likely to ultimately see him earn a pay rise.

At present however, Nixon reports that there is no deal in place to make the switch to the London Stadium permanent, but that could change should the Englishman return to his old Leeds United form that earned him a move to Manchester City in the summer of 2022.

Manchester City are unlikely to be in the market for a replacement for Phillips this month, but could turn to the transfer window when the summer window reopens – an opportunity that City officials usually favour over winter moves.

City are expected to remain quiet when it comes to first-team arrivals this month, with the only major transfer being Claudio Echeverri’s agreement from River Plate, despite the Argentine youth international remaining at his current club until next winter.

There has however been tenuous talk over the futures of Stefan Ortega Moreno and Sergio Gomez, with both players attracting interest from abroad and their respective careers likely to be reviewed across the coming months with a view towards the summer market.