Newcastle United could move for Liverpool defender Nat Phillips in the transfer window, according to reports. The Magpies certainly have money to spend.
This comes from the Telegraph. They claim that Nat Phillips is one of several players on the Newcastle United shortlist.
Phillips established himself as Premier League quality last season but can’t get in the Liverpool team. The Reds saw their first-choice options all return over the summer, relegating Phillips to a backup role.
And that might be generous – Phillips hasn’t played in the league this season and has only one minute in the Champions League. As things stand, he simply isn’t playing football.
Thus teams may fancy their chances of signing the 24-year-old. Liverpool would likely entertain offers, with the Athletic claiming there was a £15m price tag in the summer.
There’s no suggestion that they’d suddenly be less open to selling Phillips. Especially as the rest of the centre-backs are doing very well.
Newcastle could see a very simple transfer, then, with Liverpool likely preferring that £15m to having a decent fifth-choice centre-back.
Nat Phillips to Newcastle?
We’d be disappointed to see Phillips leave the club in January. His heroics last season really endeared him to the club and in any other era, he’d have a solid place in the squad.
But with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate ahead of him, we just can’t see a future. £15m could go towards a more valuable signing in January, though. Liverpool certainly need cover on the wings more than they need another centre-back.
As for Newcastle, Phillips could be a steal at £15m as they battle with FFP. This could make sense for everyone involved, then.
So as sad as it would be to see Phillips depart, this could be a fairly happy ending to his time with Liverpool.