West Ham joins teetering Newcastle in race to sign Kalvin Phillips in January
It is believed champions Manchester City are ready to listen to offers for the ‘out-of-favor’ midfielder Kalvin Phillips and have told him he is free to find a new club in January.
According to Football Insider, West Ham have joined Newcastle in the race for the 27-year-old ahead of the upcoming winter transfer window.
The treble-winners are open to a loan or permanent exit for the midfielder, who does not fit into Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans at the Etihad Stadium.
It is not the first time the English midfielder has been linked with a move to the Hammers. Last summer, West Ham were looking at the prospect of signing him along with full-back Kyle Walker but were pulled away by City’s initial asking price for the duo.
Around the same time, Phillips was also linked with a switch to Liverpool, but the Merseyside club ended up signing Dutchman Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich.
Signed from Leeds in July 2022 for a reported initial fee of £42 million, potentially rising to £45 million in add-ons, Phillips has failed to establish himself as a key member of manager Pep Guardiola’s plans.
He has made just 29 appearances for the club, including only eight so far this season.
Phillips, who will turn 28 next month, has got to consider his immediate future at the club because of next summer’s European Championship in Germany, though he has continued to be selected by England manager Gareth Southgate in recent months.
He has played just four times in the Premier League so far this term, appearing as a substitute on each occasion.