Premier League side Wolves are ready to rival Southampton in a potential move to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, according to Football Insider.
After Leeds’ interest in Helder Costa, Wolves themselves have also taken a fancy to Phillips, who played a pivotal role in their failed promotion push.
Southampton are among the teams interested in signing Phillips this summer, while it is also claimed the likes of Bournemouth and Norwich are also keen.
Leeds’ interest in Costa could make Wolves the more likely candidate to secure the services of Phillips as the Championship side are determined not to let the young midfielder go, however, with the Portuguese winger heading in the opposite direction, they may be more willing to negotiate.
Phillips was born in Yorkshire and came through the youth ranks at Leeds before signing his first professional deal back in 2014. Last season he played 46 games in all competitions, scoring on one occasion. After some dominating displays in midfield, he was named in last season’s EFL Team of the Season.
He is a confident deep-lying midfielder. Bielsa is very keen to keep him at Elland Road as Phillips has reportedly been promised a new and improved contract before the start of the season amid Premier League interest.
At 23, the promising midfielder will be hoping to play Premier League football soon. If the Saints are keen to get a deal done they will need to act fast as the demand for Phillips’ signature increases.
Why would Phillips be a good signing for Southampton?
Ready for the step up
He has proven himself to be one of the better midfielders in the Championship recently and he is ready to make the step up to the Premier League.
Potential to get better
He is only 23 years of age and still has plenty of potential to grow into an even better, well-rounded Premier League midfielder.
Southampton have been keen to buy more British-based players and Phillips certainly fits the bill.
He should be tempted by a Premier League move
While it remains to be seen if he would force an exit from Leeds, Phillips would certainly be interested in a move to the Premier League after the Whites missed out on promotion, this could work in Southampton’s favour.