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Report: Club getting ready to allow £15m player to leave, after claims West Ham are keen to sign him

West Ham could be handed a boost in their search of defensive backup with Liverpool set to recall Rhys Williams, according to Goal.

The decision to bring back Williams, who has struggled for minutes on loan at Swansea, could pave the way for Nat Phillips to leave Anfield. West Ham are reportedly long-term admirers of Phillips, with the Hammers looking to strengthen their defence.

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David Moyes brought in Kurt Zouma over the summer as his side prepared for life in the Europa League. However, the East London side lost both first-choice centre-backs Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna to injury before Christmas, with the latter out for the rest of the season.

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This meant West Ham would have to look at defensive reinforcements in January. But reports claim Moyes would rather target a centre-back who can play left-back, an area of the pitch where the Hammers are also lacking depth.

Phillips was solid at the back when called upon during Liverpool’s defensive crisis last season. He made 17 Premier League appearances as the Reds finished third in an injury-hit campaign. However, he is yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League this season.

The 24-year-old has attracted attention from multiple clubs as a result. One Premier League team interested in acquiring his services is Burnley, amid doubts over James Tarkowski’s future. Liverpool have also reportedly rejected a loan with an obligation to buy offer from Watford already.

The Merseyside club’s preference is to sell Phillips. And the Liverpool hierarchy are asking for a fee of £15m for the central-defender.

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