West Ham are in advanced talks to sign Manchester City’s midfielder, Kalvin Philips on loan until the end of the season, as per TeamTalk.
The 28-year-old has been out of favour at the Etihad Stadium with Pep Guardiola even apologizing for his lack of game time in a previous press conference.
The England International has only featured in 379 minutes of Premier League football since he arrived from Leeds United.
Several clubs including Crystal Palace and Newcastle United were closely monitoring the situation of Phillips with an eye on a potential move in the current transfer window.
Initially considering Newcastle as his preferred destination, the Magpies dropped out due to unwillingness to meet the requested loan fee. Negotiations between Phillips’ agents, CAA Stellar Holding and City ensued to lower the price, allowing West Ham to emerge as the leading candidate for his acquisition.
Team Talk further reveals that Palace were insistent on the former Leeds midfielder and even made an official enquiry for the 28-year-old.
Despite Palace’s strong interest, Phillips is reportedly on his way to London, favouring regular playing time as a pivotal factor in choosing West Ham. The proposed deal involves a straightforward loan arrangement, with no option or obligation to buy included
Phillips aims to play a significant role for David Moyes’ side, by contributing to their European qualification pursuit and potentially adding to their trophy collection as they progress in the Europa League knockout stages. The 28-year-old harbours hopes of earning a spot in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the European Championships with the England national team later this year.
The former Leeds United midfielder is a class midfielder and Moyes admires him. He needs regular game time, and West Ham can provide that. He usually operates as a defensive midfielder, but he can also play in the bix-to-box role.
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