Kalvin Phillips is joining West Ham United on loan from Manchester City
It's now thought to be a case of dotting a few Is and crossing some Ts.
Manchester City and England star Kalvin Phillips is set to join West Ham United on loan until the end of the season, according to reports.
Kalvin Phillips has long been considered one of the best English midfielders and homegrown talents but, unfortunately, simply hasn’t had enough minutes since joining Man City in 2022.
With Pep Guardiola himself confessing that he feels “so sorry” for how the former Leeds linchpin’s time at the Etihad has panned out, both the player and the club are looking to resolve the situation and they might have just found him a new home. At least in the short term.
Although the likes of Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Fulham, PSG and more were all said to be interested in signing Phillips, the latest is that West Ham have agreed a deal to take the defensive midfielder on for the remainder of the 2023/24 campaign.
As reported by various outlets, as well as a so-called ex-West Ham employee who claims to have spoken with an insider at the club, the East Londoners were increasingly confident of securing the service of Kalvin Phillips, who would certainly help fill the hole left since Declan Rice joined Arsenal.
The fan-led site said: “As we understand it, talks have progressed and the player is very keen to join West Ham. The club at this stage appear to have advanced ahead of both Newcastle and Barcelona, who both have financial restraints to fund the move.”
This now seems to be the case as multiple outlets have now reported that a full agreement between the two clubs has been reached
Ever-reliable transfer source Fabrizio Romano also gave his famous ‘Here we go!’ following the update, not to mention being the first to claim that the deal may in fact include an option to buy in the summer, contrary to prior reports.
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While nothing concrete has been announced as yet, with just 89 Premier League minutes across four games this season and only 31 appearances for the club (most from the bench), the England international will no doubt be glad a deal in place, especially with Euro 2024 looming.
Although the details surrounding an option/obligation are yet to be fully confirmed, there is some feeling that his switch could go on to help serve as somewhat of a makeweight if City go back into the market for the Irons’ Lucas Paquetá — not taking into account their respective charges.
As always with transfers, these things move fast and local Man City and Man United reporter, Michael Plant, said he is hearing that Phillips’ “medical could even be tonight/tomorrow”, while German sports writer Florian Plettenberg suggests that everything will be finalised on Thursday.
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