Leeds United have denied the claim a senior West Ham figure made to Athletic journalist Phil Hay over a reported bid for Kalvin Phillips.
Over the weekend The Evening Standard claimed West Ham had offered Leeds £50m for midfield star Phillips.
It came just 24 hours after Leeds reportedly rejected a £50m bid from West Ham for Phillips’s teammate Raphinha.
The classy Leeds ace rose to prominence in the summer when he starred in the heart of England’s midfield alongside West Ham’s own talisman Declan Rice.
And it appears Moyes wants to try and recreate that partnership at club level with an ambitious but rather puzzling £50m move for Phillips.
The bid has reportedly been rejected and fans of both West Ham and Leeds have been sceptical over the intent of the move.
Some West Ham fans believe the club is merely going for players they have little chance of getting to appear ambitious. And some Leeds supporters question whether Phillips would leave his boyhood club for West Ham.
Guardian journalist Jacob Steinberg, who has strong contacts inside West Ham, claimed this is just the start of West Ham’s pursuit of Phillips. Steinberg states the Hammers will return in the summer with bids if Leeds snub their interest.
Now Leeds have denied the claim a ‘senior West Ham figure’ made to Athletic journalist and Leeds expert Hay over the Hammers’s Phillips bid.
Leeds deny claim senior West Ham figure made to Athletic journalist Phil Hay over Kalvin Phillips bid
Contributing to a deadline day update on The Athletic, Hay revealed that Leeds deny having received a bid from West Ham for Phillips.
That’s despite a senior figure at West Ham saying the bid was actually made two weeks ago.
“A senior figure at West Ham told The Athletic that the club bid for Phillips a fortnight ago, though sources at Leeds insist no formal offer was ever tabled for him,” The Athletic reports.
“News of West Ham’s enquiry came on the same weekend that the London side were heavily linked with Leeds’ Brazilian winger Raphinha, another highly-prized asset at Elland Road.
“Leeds, however, were adamant at the start of the window that both players would be off-limits in the market and have hardened that stance in the build-up to this evening’s 11pm deadline.”
The claim will only serve to sew the seeds of mistrust between West Ham fans and the club’s hierarchy.
With news emerging that moves for striker targets Darwin Nunez and Hugo Ekitike look doubtful it threatens to be a frustrating deadline day for Hammers supporters.