Liverpool will sell Nat Phillips for £10million as West Ham eye January deal
West Ham want Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips in January, and the Anfield giants are ready to sell him for £10million, according to The Sun.
The 24-year-old is on the radar of David Moyes, who is badly in need of a cover for Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma, but Jurgen Klopp’s side are not interested in loaning him out, with a permanent transfer the only option they are open to.
While Phillips damaged a cheekbone during the week’s Champions League clash against AC Milan, he is expected to be fit early in the new year – and is still training without contact.
The centre-back became Liverpool cult hero last season after helping them clinch a spot in the top-four following injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, putting in some eye-catching performances in the 17 Premier League games he played.
However, his only two appearances in 2021-22 have come in the League Cup and Champions League as he is now fifth choice in Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order.
Phillips could establish himself as a regular in the top-flight for West Ham, though, but whether they are ready to meet the Reds demands remains to be seen.
However, with Burnley’s James Tarkowski too expensive and out of reach next month, the Hammers could be forced to go after the Liverpool man.
£10million is a bargain given the quality he brings to the table, and he is not likely to be short of suitors once the window opens.
West Ham need to strengthen at the back with Issa Diop and Craig Dawson their only available options for the next three months, and failure to do so could deal a huge blow on their top-four chances.
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