By Nick Ware

22nd Jul, 2021 | 7:10am

Sky Sports: West Ham want to sign Liverpool defender Nat Phillips

West Ham want to sign Liverpool defender Nat Phillips if they sell one of their current central defenders, according to Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old central defender, dubbed a “monster” by Jamie Carragher in March, [Sky Sports] has been the subject of an approach by German giants Bayer Leverkusen, who have registered their interest with his agent.

However, Sky Sports claim West Ham “could also move” for the Englishman, but only if they decide to sell one of their current first-team central defenders. The same is said for Premier League rivals Burnley and Newcastle United, while Brighton see him as a Ben White replacement ahead of the England international’s move to Arsenal.

Diop out?

Fabian Balbuena departed the London Stadium this summer, leaving the Irons a central defender short from last season.

As such, Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop are the only senior options left at the back, though Danish 21-year-old Frederik Alves could be promoted.

With Europa League football on the horizon, quality squad depth is vital, so another defender is vital.

However, that fourth central defender is likely to be a cheaper one than Phillips, which means if the “unbelievable” [Jamie Redknapp, Sky Sports via Lancs Live] Liverpool defender is signed, someone has to leave.

That will surely be Diop.

Ogbonna and Dawson formed a formidable partnership last season, while Diop’s star is on the wane.

But the Frenchman would still easily be the most saleable asset out of the trio given his age – he is 24-years-old – and thus the Irons could expect to recoup a significant fee which would allow David Moyes to bring Phillips in.

We’d be excited with the arrival of the Bolton-born player who slotted in superbly for the Reds last season to cope with their injury crisis, covering admirably for the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

In other West Ham news, David Sullivan slams takeover talks in BBC interview, states whether he will sell the club.

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