Newcastle weigh up Man City raid for Kalvin Phillips amid ‘concerns’

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Newcastle are reportedly weighing up a move for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who is eager to seek a new challenge after just one year at the Etihad Stadium. Phillips joined City from Leeds United for a transfer fee of around £42million last summer but has struggled to meet expectations at his new club, while he has also been forced to deal with his fair share of injury struggles in recent months.

The England midfielder has not played for City since they demolished RB Leipzig in the Champions League earlier this month and remains firmly behind Rodri in the midfield pecking order, which could reportedly lead to his exit at the end of the season. Newcastle are one of several clubs with an interest in snapping up Phillips when the bidding opens in the summer, according to 90min, with the player desperate to move teams in order to play regularly ahead of the Euros next year.

Phillips is said to be concerned about his current standing at City, which he feels could have a negative impact on his chances of making the England squad next summer. It is claimed that he has already been warned by Three Lions staff that a repeat of this season could dash his hopes of going to the Euros in spite of his impressive performances at the previous edition of the tournament in 2021.

Leicester City and Wolves are said to be ready to rival Newcastle in the race to land Phillips later this year, while the report also states that Leeds could attempt to bring him back to Elland Road just 12 months after losing him to City. The Yorkshire club were said to have seen a bid rejected by the defending Premier League champions in January, with another unsuccessful approach being made by West Ham.

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Things could turn out very differently in the summer window, though, with City not intending to stand in Phillips’ way in the event of a suitable offer being tabled in exchange for his services. They are also resigned to making a loss on the player after conceding that they are highly unlikely to recoup the full £42m they paid to sign him from Leeds at the start of the current season.

It remains to be seen whether Newcastle will be able to land Phillips before the end of the upcoming summer window, with the Magpies widely expected to lead another expensive recruitment drive when the campaign draws to a close as a result of their lucrative Saudi backing. However, a move for Phillips would seemingly fall outside the remit of Newcastle’s transfer policy, with Eddie Howe insisting earlier this month that he is planning to target younger players in order to provide long-term solutions for years to come.

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“They’re all young players and really talented young players, so that’s the type of future that we want,” said Howe when quizzed on the profile of signings he wants to make at St James’ Park. “We want good technical players with athletic profiles to hopefully take the team forward, so we’re really pleased with the contribution of all those players.”

Howe’s verdict was in line with similar comments he made last summer before Newcastle completed the high-profile signings of Sven Botman and Alexander Isak, while the Magpies went on to add another emerging talent to their ranks in the form of Anthony Gordon in January.

“I believe in young players, regardless of whether they are in our academy or if we sign them,” explained Howe. “Certainly, that’s part of where this club needs to be for the future with transfer fees because we know how high they can be and the cost. If you can get players early before they explode in terms of value, that’s certainly something I think we’ve got to look at for the future.”

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