Leeds United could break Kalvin Phillips promise after West Ham United £50m January bid
Leeds United look as though they could break a promise to Kalvin Phillips after West Ham made a bid for him in January, according to The Express.
The newspaper reported via their print edition today [3 May, page 64] that after the Irons’ £55million bid for Phillips, 26, was rejected, the Whites promised the England midfielder “his situation would be resolved”.
However, it is understood that Phillips is now anxiously waiting for an update on his contract at Elland Road as owner Andrea Radrizzani isn’t willing to make him an offer until June.
The Express adds that a new £100,000-a-week deal for Phillips hinges upon whether Leeds are able to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
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Leeds’ Premier League status is not in their hands right now because if Everton win all of their remaining games, Jesse Marsch’s team will be going down.
It’s understandable that Leeds have not offered a new deal to the midfielder just yet but we’re not sure why they wouldn’t do that and tie in a relegation clause or something of that ilk.
If they did, it would protect them financially in the Championship and it would also mean they could get more money for the midfielder.
And West Ham should definitely try to sign the England midfielder because we’ve seen how well he can play alongside Declan Rice.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News in September 2021, Paul Robinson hailed Phillips as “world-class” for his performances for England.
Plus, if Rice goes, Phillips is there to fill in the void that the Irons star would leave should he join a Champions League club.
West Ham’s chances of keeping Rice could depend on whether they win the Europa League and make the Champions League group stages.
However, it would be great to have both Rice and Phillips in our midfield, even if it means dropping Tomas Soucek out because those pair were a class above at the European Championships with England last year.
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