West Ham eyes Manchester City's Kalvin Phillips amidst stumbling blocks

Posted : 19 January 2024

West Ham has expressed interest in signing Manchester City and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who has seen limited action with just 10 appearances this season. Despite several clubs, including Newcastle and Juventus, showing interest in the 28-year-old, there has been no agreement reached so far.

 

Manchester City's insistence on a loan fee for Phillips, who was acquired for £45 million in July 2022, is reportedly a stumbling block in negotiations.

 

During a press conference ahead of West Ham's game against Sheffield United, manager David Moyes refrained from discussing Phillips, stating, "It's wrong to talk about players from other football clubs."

 

Despite the potential acquisition, West Ham believes it is justified in taking a cautious stance, given that Phillips is still part of Gareth Southgate's England squad and is likely to participate in the European Championships this summer if he secures regular playing time.

 

Moyes is keen on reinforcing his squad, which has been weakened by a series of injuries, including those to Lucas Paqueta and Michail Antonio. The manager also revealed that Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez missed a recent FA Cup defeat at the hands of Championship side Bristol City due to a calf problem.

 

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson also expressed interest in Phillips earlier in the week, acknowledging the player's quality and suggesting that a potential loan deal could provide Phillips with regular Premier League football in the lead-up to a crucial summer for England and the player himself.

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