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    Nat Phillips: West Ham eye bargain swoop

    West Ham United are the latest side to be linked to Nathaniel Phillips this transfer window…

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    According to Sky Sports‘ Transfer Centre (21st July, 15:33), the Irons are among the teams keen on signing the 24-year-old, though they face plenty of competition for his signature.

    Premier League rivals Newcastle United, Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion are credited with an interest, whilst Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen are said to have sounded out Phillips over a potential return to Germany, where he impressed on loan to Stuttgart in 2019/20.

    An official bid is yet to be made for the Reds centre-back.

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    An absolute steal

    Last month, The Athletic’s ever-reliable James Pearce claimed that Liverpool had placed a £15m asking price on Phillips and this could represent some stunning value for money.

    They’re in no rush to sell him either, though the 6 foot 3 colossus may not want to be the fourth or fifth choice in the pecking order come next month.

    £15m has to be considered a steal, considering Burnley have recently paid £12m to Stoke City for Nathan Collins, who has never featured in the Premier League before.

    Phillips enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2020/21, thanks to the unfortunate injury list piling up at Anfield. And he made the most of his opportunities with some impressive displays, notably a clean sheet against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final.

    He also started in both league fixtures against the Hammers, where he kept Sebastien Haller and then Michail Antonio quiet. In fact, he ensured the latter had a torrid time in their 3-1 defeat.

    As per SofaScore, the 31-year-old forward was restricted to just one shot on target, whilst he only pulled off one successful dribble from three attempts and lost 66% of his duels.

    It’s no wonder Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has lauded him as a “monster“.

    Valued at €30m (£26m) by CIES Football Observatory, Phillips could be an absolute bargain at just £15m, not to mention his mooted £64k-per-week wages, which is less than what even Winston Reid is on at the London Stadium (£70k-per-week).

    It’s believed that Moyes is keen to bolster his backline, so the Liverpool star could be an intriguing option to consider before next month’s deadline.

    The Scotsman must now look to urge a swoop for Phillips this summer.

    AND in other news, Moyes risks West Ham nightmare as ExWHUemployee drops big update on 30-goal “machine” – opinion

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