Manchester City could offer mega swap deal to West Ham United in 2023 - ExWHUemployee
ExWHUemployee would not be surprised if Manchester City offered West Ham Kalvin Phillips and another fringe player in exchange for Declan Rice in 2023.
The Hammers skipper has long been linked with an exit from the London Stadium and it’s expected that it will finally happen this summer when he enters the final two years of his contract with the club.
Chelsea are said to be the frontrunners for his transfer, but Man City are also interested and with Phillips someone that David Moyes rates very highly, Ex shared that a swap deal could be on the cards.
“They’ve been talking about Kalvin Phillips again in the press,” he said on his Patreon podcast(2 January).
“Kalvin Phillips is someone that West Ham, David Moyes especially, 100% rates. I know categorically, factually, that we spoke about signing him in the summer and in January before that, that we really, really wanted [him].
“I get the feeling that patience is running thin with him and I’ve always said that it wouldn’t surprise me if Man City were to offer Phillips in exchange for Rice at the end of the season.
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“I wouldn’t even be surprised if they chucked in another player potentially, but I can’t name them now. Another fringe player possibly into that deal to try and tempt West Ham.”
West Ham have been linked with Phillips for over a year now, with a big bid last January rejected before he ever left Leeds and joined Man City.
This season he has really struggled with fitness and has barely played for City, sitting behind Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan in the pecking order of their holding midfield position.
That saw him lose his spot in the England team for the World Cup, and there is no doubt that Moyes would definitely be interested in bringing him in again if the opportunity arose.
A swap deal would definitely be intriguing to listen to if it included Phillips and another player, but the club could be more inclined to get lots of cash and then build the squad in their own way instead.
If it happens it will be very interesting to see how the club react and how Rice himself reacts, but fans would likely be willing to see a deal like that take place so long as it suits the club and not City’s best interests.