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Purchase option, contract details, first interview, replacement plans: Kalvin Phillips leaves Manchester City for West Ham



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Manchester City have confirmed the departure of Kalvin Phillips for the remainder of the 2023/24 campaign.

The 28-year-old, who was part of Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning squad last season, has completed a transfer to the London Stadium for the remainder of the campaign after making just six starts for Manchester City.

Phillips has featured 31 times for the Sky Blues since signing from Leeds United for £42 million in July 2022, and scored in the UEFA Champions League in December, during a 3-2 win over Red Star Belgrade.

The midfielder departs bidding to reignite his playing career ahead of this summer’s European Championship in Germany, with Phillips at risk of missing out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

West Ham, who visit the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season in May, are currently 6th in the Premier League table, eight points adrift of the top four.

Phillips was subject to interest from a number of Premier League sides, as well as being linked with a potential move to either the Serie A or La Liga.

The Englishman had been with Manchester City for a warm-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi, but has completed a move to West Ham upon returning to the United Kingdom.

After Manchester City and West Ham confirmed the transfer of Kalvin Phillips, here is everything you need to know about the deal itself!

What are the initial terms of Kalvin Phillips’ transfer to West Ham?

The 28-year-old has completed a loan move to West Ham for the remainder of campaign, with West Ham covering the entirety of the former Leeds United man’s salary in the process.

Do West Ham have the option to make the transfer permanent?

Contrary to initial claims, The Athletic report that the completed deal does not include the option for the Hammers to make the signing of Phillips permanent at the end of the season.

Florian Plettenberg had reported that the east London club would have the opportunity to sign the Englishman for around €40 million.

Who else was interested in signing Kalvin Phillips?

Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Juventus were all linked with signing Phillips during the January transfer window.

What has Kalvin Phillips said upon joining West Ham?

“I’m really pleased to be here. There’s always been a lot of speculation about me moving to West Ham, so I’m really excited to get going now,” said Phillips.

“There’s so much to look forward to in the second half of the season for the Club and I can’t wait to be part of it.

“There’s an unbelievable group here and if I can come in and add the quality that I know I’m capable of, I’m sure we can give the West Ham fans plenty to be excited about between now and the end of the season.”

Will Manchester City sign a replacement for Kalvin Phillips this month?

Manchester City do not currently plan to sign a replacement for Phillips during the January transfer window, but could look to sign a new midfielder during the summer, with Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich mooted.