Man City transfer news: Leeds United to sign Kalvin Phillips if they secure Premier League return

Josep Guardiola, Manchester City

Kalvin Phillips could be set for a return to Leeds United at the end of this season if his former club manage to secure promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.

The Whites currently sit second in the English second tier, one point behind Ipswich Town, and appear a good bet to go up in the automatic places.

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And should they bounce back to the Premier League then they are ready to reinforce their midfield with the signing of the 28-year-old Phillips, according to a report in The Sun.

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It’s suggested that Leeds are prepared to pay £30 million for their former player, who has endured a torrid time since leaving Elland Road in the summer of 2022.

Although he won the treble having completed a £42m move to Manchester City, he barely featured for Pep Guardiola’s side and failed to establish himself in the Spaniard’s reckoning.

West Ham offered Phillips a lifeline in January in the form of a six-month loan deal, with the player seeking to stay in the England national team picture ahead of Euro 2024.

But things have gone from bad to worse for the midfielder, who has made a series of high-profile gaffes for the Hammers including being sent off on only his fourth Premier League appearance.

At the weekend, West Ham manager David Moyes brought on Phillips with his side 3-1 to the good against Newcastle but he gave away a penalty inside 10 minutes of his arrival and was powerless to prevent the Magpies from running out 4-3 winners.

Phillips unlikely to stay at West Ham

After the game, the on-loan City man was pictured flipping off West Ham fans while getting onto the team bus.

It appears Phillips will have no future at the London Stadium and fan sentiment has now turned against him.

That could have possible ramifications on City’s transfer planning with it hoped by Guardiola that Phillips could be used as a makeweight in any move for £85m-rated Lucas Paqueta.

However it is now unlikely that West Ham will seek to sign the £140,000 per-week central midfielder, who may have to look to his former employers in order to secure regular football from next season.

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