A new report claims West Ham have made an official bid for star Kalvin Phillips but Leeds face pressure from the player over the move.
West Ham allegedly bid £50m to sign Phillips from Leeds United in January (Sky Sports).
The validity of that reported West Ham bid has been questioned since by Leeds, as previously reported on Hammers News.
The Hammers are also said to have bid for Phillips’ Leeds teammate Raphinha in January.
And David Moyes retains his interest in both players according to the summer transfer rumour mill.
Now a new report claims West Ham have made an official summer bid for star Phillips but Leeds face pressure from the player over the move.
According to Football Insider, West Ham – and Premier League rivals Aston Villa – have submitted bids for Leeds star Phillips this summer.
The exclusive report claims a ‘recruitment source’ has told Football Insider that West Ham have made their intentions to sign Phillips official by making a bid.
Moyes wants to recreate the England midfield partnership of Declan Rice and Phillips at West Ham.
But it seems that particular pipe dream is set to fade and die due to pressure from the player over the move.
Because Phillips ‘has his heart set on a move to champions Man City’ – who are also expected to bid for him imminently.
Hammers News reported last month that Man City had given up on signing Rice but would be giving West Ham a new problem as they switched attentions to Moyes target Phillips at Leeds.
And it seems that is very much the case with Phillips said to be pushing Leeds to ignore bids from the likes of West Ham as he only wants to join Man City.
“Pep Guardiola is a “huge” admirer of Phillips, the source added, and has made it clear at City how much he wants him in his revamped team next season,” Football Insider reports.
“In turn, the player is eager to join City and has informed Leeds he wants the move to go through this window.
“That is a devastating blow to his home-town club, where he has graduated from the youth ranks to be the poster boy of their best team in two decades.
“Guardiola’s side have one major advantage as they are able to offer Champions League football next season as well as a side capable of winning trophies immediately.”