Leeds United are reportedly still interested in Liverpool defender Nat Phillips despite closing in on a deal to sign Joe Rodon on loan from Tottenham.
According to the Athletic, the Whites want to add another centre-back to their ranks before the transfer deadline, with Phillips still wanted by Leeds having been made available for sale by Liverpool.
The Athletic have previously reported that Phillips can leave for just £10m, a figure that Leeds could be tempted to pay to bring the 26-year-old to Elland Road for the new Championship season.
Lauded by former VfB Stuttgart sporting director Sven Mislintat as ‘superb’, Phillips being sold to Leeds could be a massive boost to Liverpool’s transfer plans for the final month of the window.
And with the Whites still interested in the defender, there could be a good chance that Phillips is now sold, though £10m might be too steep a fee for the Elland Road giants.
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Indeed, Leeds have spent well this summer and are now set to sign both Rodon on loan as well as Max Aarons from Norwich City, meaning matching Liverpool’s £10m fee for Phillips could be a bit too much for the Whites.
Leeds and Liverpool have to negotiate a deal for Phillips
Phillips is in need of a new permanent home this summer, and Leeds could be the dream destination for the defender, with Liverpool now in a position where they need to negotiate terms over a transfer.
£10m could now be viewed as too much from Leeds’ perspective for Phillips, and as a result, Liverpool might need to reconsider their demands for the centre-back this summer.
With Leeds still interested, though, there’s every chance that the Reds can strike a deal with the Championship side for Phillips, who could flourish in the second-tier at Elland Road.