West Ham will still try to sign Nat Phillips from Liverpool in January despite the fact that he is currently injured according to a report from The Evening Standard.
The 24-year-old picked up an injury whilst playing for Liverpool against AC Milan in the Champions League last week.
Phillips is not expected to be back in action until next month.
Because of that, many questioned whether West Ham boss David Moyes would still try to sign the Liverpool centre-half.
The Hammers manager is struggling for options in central defence after Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma were both ruled out with long-term injuries.
The East London outfit need a top-class central defender to come into the London Stadium in the January transfer window and make an immediate impact.
So considering the fact that Phillips is currently injured, it was thought to be highly doubtful that West Ham would sign him next month.
West Ham make final decision on Liverpool defender Nat Phillips
The Evening Standard reckon that the Hammers will push ahead with our planned £10 million move to sign the 24-year-old.
Standing at 6ft 3in tall, Phillips is dominant in the air. He is a tenacious tackler and his playing style is a real throwback to years gone by. He would certainly make us a stronger outfit defensively and would be a real threat from set-pieces as well.
At 24, Phillips has plenty of years left ahead of him. The Liverpool ace would definitely be a very useful long-term addition for West Ham.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently described Phillips as ‘unbelievable’ (Liverpool Echo). Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand raved about his display for the Reds at the San Siro last week, labelling Phillips as ‘beautiful’ and ‘Baresi like’ (Daily Mail).
So he clearly has something special about him.
It’s just a shame that he won’t be back fit and available for selection for at least another three weeks. Even so, we think that £10 million for the Liverpool ace’s services would represent exceptional value for the Hammers.