West Ham allegedly submitted a huge bid for Leeds ace Kalvin Phillips in January but eventually failed to bring him to the London Stadium.
That’s according to a report from The Sun who claim that the Hammers had been chasing the 26-year-old Leeds midfielder throughout the entire month of January.
That culminated in West Ham apparently making a £55 million for Phillips on deadline day in January.
Hammers boss David Moyes failed to bring any new signings into the club last month.
That seemed like a disaster at the time and now it seems even worse, if that is at all possible.
West Ham were lucky to get through to the fifth round of the FA Cup yesterday having been outplayed by non-league Kidderminster Harriers. The pathetic performance and lack of options from the bench highlighted just how stretched the Hammers are as a squad at the moment.
It seems as though Moyes did at least try to change that in January though…
West Ham tried very hard to sign Kalvin Phillips in the January transfer window
The Sun reckon that Hammers chairman Karren Brady was negotiating with Leeds Managing Director Angus Kinnear about potentially bringing Kalvin Phillips from Elland Road to the London Stadium last month.
The Irons’ first bid of £50 million was allegedly rejected and we then submitted another offer worth £55 million.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa allegedly vetoed the transfer, however, after his team lost at home to Newcastle on January 22nd. The result meant that the Whites were still embroiled in a relegation battle and they obviously wouldn’t have wanted to lose their best player midway through the season.
That’s fair enough. But the question remains, why on earth were we trying to sign Leeds’ best player midway through a season?
If we’re being honest, Phillips was a totally unrealistic signing for the Hammers in January.
David Moyes desperately needed to sign a top-class striker and a high quality central defender last month. He got neither of those deals done.
Was West Ham’s attempt to sign Phillips from Leeds yet another example of the owners’ age old , we tried’ technique? Perhaps I’m just too cynical. And if West Ham genuinely did try to prise the 26-year-old Leeds star away from Elland Road then that is a sign of genuine ambition.
Trying to do so midway through a season was always going to end in disaster though.
Especially considering the fact that Leeds are fighting for their lives near the bottom of the Premier League table. It will be interesting to see whether West Ham go back in for the Whites midfielder in the summer.
If we do, we should expect to face some seriously strong competition for the England international’s signature.