Aston Villa are reportedly readying a final offer for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips and they will include a choice of players as part of the deal, according to TeamTalk.
Dean Smith’s side have already had a bid of £11million rejected for the 23-year-old’s services and this player plus cash offer is thought to be their final attempt to tempt the Whites into a deal.
According to the report, the players on offer are right-back James Bree and midfielders Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane.
It would be a real shock if Hourihane was on offer, however, given that the Irishman signed a new contract at Villa Park just three days ago and still appears to be part of Smith’s plans.
Marcelo Bielsa and the Elland Road faithful will be desperate to see their side keep hold of the midfielder this summer after already seeing two important first-team members sold.
Winger Jack Clarke was sold and loaned straight back to the Whites whilst Pontus Jansson was involved in a shock sale to Championship rivals Brentford.
There is no way Leeds will go for this.
I cannot see Lansbury and Bree having much appeal at all to Bielsa and whilst Hourihane may have been tempting, I think it is nonsense that Villa are about to offer him so soon after signing a new deal.
Villa will not be signing Phillips. I think that much is clear now. Leeds’ main worry needs to be from the likes of Tottenham who also hold an interest.
They have valued him at £30million and that is a price that someone like Spurs could well meet if they wanted to.