According to Football Insider, cited by Anfield Watch, West Ham United have opened preliminary talks with Nat Phillips ahead of a £15 million move. The defender has also attracted interest from Newcastle United, Burnley, Southampton, Brighton and Bayer Leverkusen, but it seems that the aforementioned London club is a step ahead of the rest.
As per Jonathan Northcroft, also cited by Anfield Watch, Liverpool would accept a ‘buy now, pay later’ deal for Phillips, similar to the one that took Harry Wilson to Fulham.
A move would certainly make sense, especially to a club in West Ham’s position. They fit the profile of a club not competing with Liverpool near the top, but also not suffering near the bottom. In fact, they are now a side pushing past their mid-table status as they gear up for a Europa League campaign.
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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Nat Phillips deserves the chance to gain consistent first-team football, and if the right offer comes in, the Reds should accept.
A move to West Ham presets a brilliant opportunity to play for a side on the up, and feature in European competition once again. Liverpool are unlikely to turn an offer down, if the correct bid is made, and Nat Phillips would also be keen to complete the switch to West Ham, given the potential time on the pitch offered.
Freelance sports journalist, Joel Matip stan, and writer at Anfield Watch.