It seems that interest is growing in Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips as we approach the end of the January transfer window.
That’s after a report from The Sun claimed that fellow Premier League side West Ham have made a big for the England international.
Having struggled with injury this season, Phillips hasn’t made an appearance for Leeds since early December, with the club badly missing his influence in midfield.
Now it seems that despite those issues regarding Phillips’ fitness, West Ham are still ready to pay big money for the 26-year-old.
According to this latest update, the Hammers have now made a £50million offer to Leeds for the services of Phillips, as they look to partner him with England teammate Declan Rice in the centre of the park.
It is thought that although West Ham are keen to land Phillips before the window closes, they are willing to wait until the summer to make their move if necessary.
How Leeds respond to this bid remains to be seen, but with two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract, they are under no immediate pressure to sell the midfielder.
This offer does seem to have come out of nowhere, and it will give Leeds plenty to think about.
It would be a massive statement from West Ham if they can sign Phillips here, but Leeds will surely be desperate to keep hold of the England international.
There is no doubting that this is a lot of money that could be reinvested in the squad, but there is very little time to bring replacements in, and get them up to the level of Phillips.
As a result, with less than two days until the window closes, you feel Leeds simply must stand firm here, given how important the midfielder will be to their hopes of avoiding relegation.