Former Leeds United man Noel Whelan has revealed that the Whites are struggling to agree terms with Kalvin Phillips and that Wolves remain keen on the midfielder.
The academy graduate was a star performer last season under Marcelo Bielsa as the Yorkshire side finished third in the Championship and his displays caught the eye of several Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa and Bournemouth as well as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
Despite that, Leeds are looking to tie down the 23-year-old on a long-term deal, however Whelan told Football Insider that talks haven’t been productive with the player and that Wanderers are monitoring the situation.
“Right now, it looks like the offer Leeds have made to him is not enough. They cannot match the wages on offer from Premier League clubs. Can they offer him something with incentives in case they get promoted to the Premier League next season?
“I’m hearing thee is plenty of interest in Phillips. Wolves are in the background ready to move, Bournemouth are there. Aston Villa were very keen but look like they have given up as Douglas Luiz is coming from Manchester City. It could be down to Wolves and Bournemouth.”
This is a worrying update for Leeds fans as anyone who saw Phillips play will have seen how important he is to the side and keeping him has to be a priority.
However, you can understand why it’s going to be hard to do so. With two years left on his deal, Leeds know if they don’t sell now they will be in a tricky position down the line.
Additionally, the chance to move will appeal to Phillips who must feel he is ready to play in the Premier League and will also have international ambitions.
So, it’s going to be interesting to see how this develops but losing him would be a significant blow for Leeds.
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