West Ham United are allegedly still leading the race to sign Liverpool centre-half Nat Phillips in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a report from Eindhoven Dagblad who reckon that the Hammers are still out in front in the race for Phillips’ signature despite PSV Eindhoven throwing their hat into the ring.
West Ham boss David Moyes is desperate to bring a centre-back to the London Stadium in the January transfer window with Angelo Ogbonna out for the entire season.
January transfers key
Our hopes of finishing inside the Champions League places this season depend heavily on Moyes ability to sign a top-class central defender between now and the end of the month.
And it seems as though Moyes is desperate to get a signing over the line soon.
Liverpool defender Nat Phillips has been continually linked with a move to West Ham by the likes of The Evening Standard and The Mirror. And the Hammers are seemingly in a strong position to prise the Reds ace away from Anfield.
West Ham leading race to sign Nat Phillips from Liverpool in the January transfer window
Eindhoven Dagblad claims that in spite of PSV’s interest in signing the 24-year-old, the Hammers are still in the box seat.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is prepared to let him leave Anfield for around £15 million according to The Athletic.
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.
The 24-year-old centre-back is incredibly strong in the air, tenacious in the tackle and surprisingly good with the ball at his feet – as was evident during Liverpool’s Champions League win at the San Siro earlier this season.
£15 million for Nat Phillips would be absolutely superb value for West Ham. Let’s hope that Moyes manages to get this one over the line before the transfer window slams shut in nine day’s time.