Leeds United have failed to win promotion to the Premier League. A play-off defeat to Derby County has seen Marcelo Bielsa’s men come up short once again.
It is a bitter blow for Leeds, who will now need to rebuild ahead of next season.
For Southampton, however, it could be seen as a transfer greenlight.
The Sun (14/04/2018; pg 61) recently reported that Southampton are interested in Leeds’ excellent and versatile midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
The report suggested a £20 million asking price for the player, but Southampton could certainly hope to get him for less.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has done a great job keeping Southampton in the Premier League and needs to be backed in the transfer market this summer to take them up the table next term.
Phillips would be a fine recruit, capable of playing both in midfield and defence, perfect for the Austrian’s style of play.
With Leeds set for another season in the Championship, Southampton could certainly have a good chance of convincing him into a top-flight switch. As for Leeds, they may need to consider selling players to finance an overall improvement of the squad.
Southampton must start putting the wheels in motion.