Kalvin Phillips is expected to depart Manchester City this month after the two sides came to an understanding over a loan arrangement with a different Premier League team.
With the goal of securing more regular playing time for the player during the second half of the season, Phillips has been pursuing a contract to remove the player from Manchester City this month with the assistance of his group of representatives.
The most important thing to Kalvin Phillips right now is getting game time to impress Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate, who is currently choosing his England team for the summer’s European Championships in Germany.
Even though Newcastle United and Italian powerhouse Juventus were showing interest in the player during the current winter transfer window, it seems that neither team is likely to emerge victorious in the competition.
James Nursey of The Mirror has information that suggests West Ham United will prevail this week in the competition to sign defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who is currently out of favour with Manchester City, on a loan.
After agreeing to pay Phillips his £130,000-a-week wage at Etihad Stadium, Hammers manager David Moyes is apparently offering him the chance to play considerably more. West Ham will also reportedly pay bonuses to guarantee Phillips receives a pay increase upon moving to the London Stadium.
Although Kalvin Phillips’s contract is just for a temporary loan until the end of the current campaign, the Mirror also notes that the agreement may be reconsidered in the summer, with Manchester City reportedly open to a permanent departure.
It is still improbable that Manchester City will try to add a player this month to replace Kalvin Phillips in their starting lineup; instead, Pep Guardiola will probably look to the team’s current academy players to make up the difference.
According to the Catalan coach, a number of players, including John Stones, Mateo Kovacic, Rico Lewis, and Manuel Akanji, have filled the defensive midfield position to varying degrees of effectiveness during the current campaign.
This season, academy standouts like Mahamadou Susoho and Jacob Wright have also made their way into the first squad, making their senior debuts for Manchester City after excelling in the younger teams.