Premier League newcomers Sheffield United are interested in signing Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips, according to The Star.
The central midfielder has been on the search for a player of Phillips’ ilk but an official approach hasn’t been made as of yet.
Leeds were beaten in the play-off semi-final by Derby back in May and Phillips has now entered the final 12 months of his current deal.
Aston Villa have held an interest in the 23-year-old throughout the summer. Leeds lost Kemar Roofe yesterday to Anderlecht and can ill-afford any additional departures.
Having come through the academy ranks at Elland Road, Phillips has played 142 matches for the Whites, scoring 10 goals and registering eight assists.
Blades boss Chris Wilder has been extremely busy during the summer. He has added seven players to his ranks but may still make another addition.
Phillips won’t come cheap, however. Earlier during the transfer window, The Sun reported that Leeds wanted £30 million for their star man.
The bizarre thing about Wilder chasing Phillips is that he perhaps isn’t what the Blades need.
Wilder has told The Star that he would like to sign a ‘box to box’ midfielder, but realistically Phillips has found his best position at the base of Leeds’ midfield.
There is no saying that he couldn’t nurture the 23-year-old into that role but he wouldn’t be signed on his ability performing such duties at Elland Road.
Phillips would still be a good addition at Sheffield United.
He fits in with the ethos of a young squad and he would arguably be the best signing of the summer as far at the Blades are concerned.