Premier League side Burnley have offered Leeds United a shock player swap deal as they look to sign Kalvin Phillips.
The Clarets have now seemingly entered the race to sign Phillips, with Alan Nixon reporting that the club have offered Leeds striker Matej Vydra as part of a potential deal to bring Phillips to Turf Moor.
However, that initial bid has been turned down by the Elland Road club, with manager Marcelo Bielsa no doubt keen to keep hold of his top midfield player now the season is underway.
Phillips has been linked all summer with a move away from Leeds, with Aston Villa the club predominantly mentioned with making a move for the Leeds man, although as yet no bid has been accepted by the Whites as they stand firm.
The new bid then from Burnley could well be a game changer in terms of Phillips’ future, especially with Vydra being offered as part of the deal with Leeds firmly in the hunt for a new striker given that Kemar Roofe looks set to join Anderlecht this week.
Leeds get their Championship campaign underway this afternoon when they take on Bristol City in what is set to be a tough opening game for Marcelo Bielsa’s men. The Whites are looking to bounce back after missing out on promotion to the Premier League last term.
Vydra would certainly be a sweetener for Leeds but you would expect them to still demand some cash for Phillips too.
With the window so close to closing, if Leeds are going to pull the trigger on a deal for Phillips, then the time is now in order to give them a chance of bringing a replacement in.
Phillips remains integral, and unless they have a replacement lined up, then it might be wise for them to just ignore the latest bids and stick with the midfielder.