Swansea City were on the brink of signing Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips on loan in the summer, according to the Athletic.
Phillips was heavily linked with a move away from Anfield in the summer, with Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Stoke City said to be interested in his services.
The 23-year-old had only made one appearance for Liverpool at the time, and spent last season on loan in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart.
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The Athletic have now revealed that Swansea came remarkably close to signing Phillips in October, with Liverpool giving him the green light to discuss personal terms with the Welsh club.
Swansea, though, went and signed Ryan Bennett and Joel Latibeaudiere from Wolves and Manchester City respectively, with Liverpool’s hierarchy left angry by the Swans’ change of heart.
That failed move was seemingly a bit of a blessing in disguise for Phillips. On Saturday, he picked up the Man of the Match award after helping Liverpool beat West Ham, in what was his Premier League debut.
The defender could well be seen as a short-term replacement for Virgil van Dijk, who is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
This is a really interesting development.
Phillips was linked with a host of clubs over the course of the summer, but it looked as if he was never going to move away for some reason.
Swansea were clearly very close to signing the defender, but they moved onto other targets and thought they’d do better than Phillips.