Leeds United maestro Kalvin Phillips is reportedly a target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer as doubts over his future continue to surface. A move to Tottenham will be hard to turn down, but Leeds can secure a silver lining.
The Mirror reckons Tottenham have made a bid for Phillips, after Aston Villa had an £11million bid rejected by the Midlands outfit. Newcastle, Wolves and AFC Bournemouth are also keen on the midfielder.
The 23-year-old missed just four league games last season – three of which were due to suspension. It saw Leeds’ number 23 named in the Championship team of the year at the end of the season.
It is believed Tottenham have made an offer for the £30million-rated ace, and losing him will be an enormous blow to the Whites’ chances of ending a 16-year wait for Premier League football.
But if Leeds are resigned to losing Phillips to Spurs, they must bring in a replacement and that should be in the form of young Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp on a season-long loan – as well the cash figure.
Skipp, 18, is the latest player to break into the senior Spurs side under Mauricio Pochettino. But after the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, his chances of game time have been cut in half.
If Spurs signed Phillips, Skipp would have zero chance of appearing as much as he did in 2018-19, clocking up 12 senior league and cup appearances – eight of which came in the Premier League.
So, it makes sense for Leeds to request a loan for Skipp if Spurs are to buy Phillips this summer, giving Leeds plenty of cash and an instant replacement for their Thorp Arch academy product.