Tottenham Hotspur have registered their interest in signing Leeds midfielder, Kalvin Phillips according to The Mirror’s David Anderson.
The journalist claims that Leeds are said to value their midfielder in the region of £30m, although it remains to be seen as to whether Spurs are willing to match that valuation.
Phillips was a key player for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season, making 42 appearances for the Yorkshire-based side.
But he would have been left frustrated as Leeds missed out on promotion to the Premier League, after they were beaten by Derby County in their play-off semi-final.
Spurs have already signed Jack Clarke from Leeds, and they’ve seemingly been impressed with another Leeds player in Phillips.
According to The Daily Star, Aston Villa have also been long-term admirers of the midfielder, and Spurs’ fresh interest could tempt them into furthering their pursuit of the 23-year-old.
But would a move to Spurs be a good move for Phillips?
“I think there are plenty of pros and cons to this one.
“Phillips was absolutely excellent last season with his athleticism, passing range and intelligence marking him out as the sort of midfielder that every side in the country could do with.
“I do actually believe he is good enough to play for Spurs regularly and under a manager like Pochettino he will only improve.
“But, he will face fierce competition. Who are Spurs going to give the chance to? Phillips? Or the man they just paid over £50million pounds for. So it could go either way for him.”
“I could actually see this suiting Phillips rather well.
“Spurs look set to compete for silverware on a number of fronts next season, so they will need to rotate their squad throughout the campaign, meaning there should be plenty of opportunities for Phillips to feature for Pochettino’s side next season.
“Financially as well, you feel Spurs should have enough to pay whatever Phillips wants, so that too should make this an attractive prospect for Phillips should an offer come in.
“There is never any certainty that to join a club with Spurs’ size and ambition again, so you could understand if Phillips decided to jump at the opportunity to make the move should it materialise.”
“This is a big move that would certainly appeal to Phillips, but I’m not sure it would be the best move for his playing chances. He will most likely find himself far down the pecking order at Spurs, whereas he could be playing regular football at Leeds, or Aston Villa for example.
“I think Phillips would be better off moving somewhere he is guaranteed a starting spot. If he keeps performing at the same level he was at last season, then a similar move should come about down the line when he has developed further.
“He has established himself as a key figure at Leeds, and could really play a huge part in their promotion push next season. Equally, a move to a lower-half Premier League side like Villa would also seem smart, as he would be one of their main men.”