Newcastle United are increasing their efforts to sign Manchester City midfielder, Kalvin Philips on loan this winter, according to journalist Rudy Galleti.
Interest in Philips has grown over the past summer due to the midfielder’s lack of playing time. Recently, Serie A giants, Juventus showed interest in the midfielder but salary and potential transfer fee cooled The Bianconeri’s interest, with Newcastle emerging as frontrunners for the former Leeds United midfielder on loan.
Galetti claims that talks between Newcastle United and Manchester City are ongoing, with a loan transfer being proposed by Eddie Howe’s side. He further adds that the 28-year-old is also keen on a move to St James Park as he eyes a spot in The Three Lions squad for Euro 2024.
— Rudy Galetti (@RudyGaletti) January 8, 2024
Newcastle must get the deal done
Having joined City 18 months ago, Philips has only made 31 appearances across all competitions, with niggling injuries, fitness concerns and form playing a part in his limited game time. Philips still has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract, a move away for game time seems viable at St James Park.
Newcastle face a pressing need for reinforcements amid a slew of injuries and suspensions that have jeopardized their quest for consecutive Champions League qualification. The deficiency in defensive midfield has become a focal concern for Eddie Howe, prompting a search for additional depth.
There is still a void in Newcastle’s midfield with record signing Sandro Tonali receiving a 10-month ban for breaching betting rules. Consequently, a shortlist of potential replacements has been compiled, with Kalvin Phillips emerging as a viable option. Ongoing talks indicate a potential loan deal to bring the England international to Newcastle.
Phillips, who made a £45 million move from Leeds United to Manchester City in the summer of 2022, has experienced limited playing time at the Etihad Stadium, prompting Newcastle’s interest in securing his services to bolster their midfield options.
The Magpies are opting for a loan deal as they aim to strategically navigate financial fair play hitches, ensuring compliance and preserving flexibility for potential significant moves in the upcoming summer and beyond.
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