By Sam Stone

16th Jun, 2022 | 9:10am

West Ham United remain interested in Kalvin Phillips despite imminent Manchester City bid

West Ham United “remain interested” in Leeds United’s in-demand midfielder Kalvin Phillips as they aim to find a replacement for Mark Noble, according to the Telegraph.

However, as revealed by The Athletic on Wednesday 15 June, Manchester City believe a bid of £50million should be enough to bring the 26-year-old to the Etihad.

The Telegraph claimed on Wednesday 15 June, that the Hammers remain interested in signing Phillips this summer after seeing a £55million January bid turned down as revealed by The Sun [5 February].

City usually get their wish

If West Ham do pull this transfer off it would be a huge shock.

Firstly, the Hammers’ failure to secure Europa League football on the last day of the season means the pull of European football is not there to entice Phillips to the London Stadium.

Secondly, they’re sadly competing with Manchester City in this situation and even though they will likely be able to match the transfer fee for the England man, City will be able to trump their wage offer as well as offering Champions League football.

Phillips is exactly the calibre of player David Moyes needs to be targeting this summer but he will most likely have to look elsewhere to provide Declan Rice with a suitable midfield partner.

Rekindling their England partnership in the heart of the Irons midfield was an exciting prospect, but whether it was ever realistic remains another question.

Let’s hope Moyes gets his summer business underway in the coming weeks.

He has got plenty of work to do.

In other West Ham news, Hammers make enquiry for double swoop and hope for answers this week.

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