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Report: Aston Villa open the bidding at £14m for Leeds United star

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Report: Aston Villa open the bidding at £14m for Leeds United star

Kalvin Phillips is one of Dean Smith’s top targets this summer.

Aston Villa are set to offer Leeds United £14 million for the services of midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to The Telegraph.

The defensive midfielder is on the radar of Dean Smith as he sets about building a squad capable of being competitive in the Premier League.

Phillips played 42 Championship fixtures for the Whites last season but was unable to help his team into the top-flight.

Leeds were beaten in the play-offs by Derby County, who eventually lost out to the Villans in the final.

A defensive midfielder is a top priority for Smith this summer. Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak were both released on free transfers at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

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Leeds will look to demand a higher fee for their star man. They will try and hang on for £20 million for the player who has risen through the youth ranks and become a key member of the team.

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The 23-year-old was the glue that held Leeds’ midfield together last season and he would take some serious replacing if he was sold.

 

Leeds born-and-bred, Phillps has played over 135 games for his hometown team, despite his tender years.

At times last season he proved to be the heartbeat of the side and his defensive presence allowed the team’s more attacking options to thrive.

Sadly, not winning promotion might have cost Leeds the chance to keep all of their best players.

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Kemar Roofe and Pontus Jansson will probably also be the subject of interest and one of them may well be sold this summer.

Villa can now offer the glitz and glamour of the Premier League and they will fancy their chances of enticing Phillips to the West Midlands.

It would take a certain sort of player to replace the impressive Phillips and Leeds will hope that if he does go they get a deal which allows them to reinvest in the squad.

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