Burnley are unlikely to make another approach for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to reports.
The Clarets were one of several teams linked with a move for the talented Leeds star over the summer period.
As reported by the Sun on Sunday (04/08/2019; pg 67) in the summer Sean Dyche’s men were ready to pay cash and offer former Leeds target Matej Vydra in return for Phillips. Leeds rejected such a deal.
Leeds fended off interest from a host of clubs in the summer, including Aston Villa and Sheffield United, as they did not want to take a key member of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad away from the Argentine.
Now, Lancashire Live is suggesting that revisiting a deal for Phillips ‘looks unlikely’ following his contract renewal at Elland Road last month. Burnley are instead more likely to pursue Preston midfielder, Ben Pearson. Considering the Deepdale club’s excellent start to the season, that could be double good news for Leeds United if it weakens a promotion challenger.
Leeds fans are fairly confident that Phillips will be sticking around at Leeds until the end of the season after his contract renewal and will hope promotion to the Premier League sees him stick around beyond that.
But it is still great to hear one potential suitor appears to have moved on.