The Daily Mirror have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have entered the bidding for £30million-rated Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips, but face plenty of Premier League competition.
Aston Villa are also said to have made an £11million bid for £10k-a-week (Mirror) Phillips, which Newcastle United, AFC Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers are credited with an interest in the midfielder.
Phillips shone at Elland Road last season after Marcelo Bielsa moulded the previously attacking midfielder in a number four, placing him between the defence and the midfield in the Argentine’s 4-1-4-1 system.
The Leeds academy graduate shone in the role, making 46 appearances in all competitions last term. He even played at centre-back on occasion. It is believed the Whites are keen to keep him, and have offered him a new contract.
Spurs have a strong relationship with Leeds after orchestrating a move for Jack Clarke which has seen the teen return to Elland Road on loan. Bielsa and Mauricio Pochettino are also renowned as being close.
TBR’s view – Phillips would not get game time at Tottenham
Phillips has been excellent for Leeds over the past 12 months and there is no doubt that he boasts Premier League quality. But at Tottenham he would hardly get a chance to shine.
That is because the north Londoners have signed Tanguy Ndombele, while also boasting the likes of Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, Harry Winksa and Moussa Sissoko in central midfield. Phillips would struggle to climb that list.
However, the lure of the odd game here and there for Spurs could prove too tempting for Phillips – as we have already seen with Clarke.