Southampton are still keeping tabs on Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips, according to Football Insider, but Bournemouth registered an interest in signing him this summer.
The Cherries are understood to be pressing ahead with their efforts to land promising British players ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Having signed Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City at the beginning of the summer transfer window, Football Insider reports that they have identified Phillips and his Leeds teammate Jack Clarke as possible targets.
Southampton, as well as newly-promoted duo Aston Villa and Norwich City, are noted as a club who are still closely monitoring the midfielder’s situation at Elland Road, but Bournemouth appeared to have solidified their interest.
The 23-year-old has two years remaining on his current contract at Leeds, and the club will be desperate to retain his services ahead of next season.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has a plethora of midfield options at Southampton, but as per claims from Football Insider, Phillips remains a target for the Saints following his role in Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s push for promotion last term.
Why Phillips would be a good signing for Southampton
Phillips, having spent a year under the tutelage of Bielsa, is an intelligent presser. This is a quality that Hasenhuttl seeks when assessing his midfield options.
Phillips works relentlessly hard and is a robust tackler of the ball. Southampton could benefit from a ball-winner of this ilk.
Phillips, at just 23, has his best years ahead of him. He enjoyed a fantastic season and is destined for big things.
Phillips operated as a lone holding midfielder at Leeds last season. He is disciplined, astute defensively and could prove to be an upgrade on Oriol Romeu.