West Ham United target Kalvin Phillips reportedly has a 50/50 chance of leaving Manchester City in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to the Athletic’s Sam Lee who claims that the 27-year-old’s future at Manchester City is far less assured now than it has been recently, and there are rumblings at the Etihad that an exit could be on the cards for him in the summer.
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West Ham allegedly made a deadline day enquiry for Phillips in January, but were told that he was not available.
In fact, that Hammers have been chasing Phillips for quite some time now. David Moyes apparently lodged a £50 million bid for the 25-capped England international the day before transfer deadline day in January 2022 (Sky Sports).
We tried to sign him again in the summer, before he eventually ended up joining Manchester City in a £45 million deal (BBC). Phillips has really struggled for game-time under Pep Guardiola this season though, and a move away from the Premier League champions could now be on the cards for the midfielder…
Manchester City could sell Kalvin Phillips
According to the Athletic’s Sam Lee, there is a 50% chance that the England international will leave the Etihad in the summer transfer window.
If he is put up for sale, it will be interesting to see whether West Ham make a move for him or not.
There was a time when I would have absolutely loved to see Kalvin Phillips move to the London Stadium.
However, he has grown increasingly more injury prone over the past two years, and the last thing we need to do is replace Declan Rice with someone who can’t even play 20 Premier League games per season.
Make no mistake about it – a fully fit Kalvin Phillips would make a huge difference to this West Ham team.
The problem with the ex-Leeds ace is that he clearly isn’t physically robust enough for the Premier League. And I would assume that that would be a big red flag for David Moyes, when looking for the perfect Rice replacement.
Kalvin Phillips has struggled during his time with Manchester City, and he may well be moved on in the summer transfer window. However, I think it might be the wrong call from West Ham to try and sign him, and he certainly shouldn’t be viewed as the long-term Declan Rice replacement.
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