West Ham United are set to try again with a new bid to sign Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips, according to Alan Nixon.
The reliable journalist has reported that David Moyes and the Hammers want to pair him up with Declan Rice in midfield.
The Irons have been labelled as the “highest-ranked” club to show any interest in the so-called Yorkshire Pirlo.
Writing on his official Patreon page today [08 April, 1:00 pm], Nixon shared the latest from the London Stadium.
“Leeds have already turned down a £55 million approach from West Ham, so all interested clubs know that this would be an expensive transfer,” he wrote.
“Hammers will try again and want to pair up Phillips with Declan Rice. And David Moyes’s club are still the highest-ranked club to show any real interest.”
This would be a huge move from the Irons this summer.
One big problem facing Moyes, though, is that he will likely need to make certain positions a priority at the London Stadium.
Is a new striker more important? With Benfica man Darwin Nunez also said to be costing up to £67million, there is no chance we could do both [Ryan Taylor].
Phillips is also said to be closing in on a new contract, so if the Irons are hugely set on this, they will need to pay over the odds.
With Mark Noble and Alex Kral set to move on in the summer, it leaves Rice and Tomas Soucek, with Conor Coventry also possibly coming back into the squad.
A new midfielder is needed but whether a huge bid going out for a new starting player is needed, is a big call to make.