By Dave Woods

6th Sep, 2019 | 9:03am

Final legal checks for Phillips deal

Football Insider has claimed that Leeds and Kalvin Phillips are poised to sign the new contract that will keep the star midfielder at Elland Road until 2023. 

The report says that “final legal checks” are being completed after both parties reached an “agreement in principle”.

The contract is currently with lawyers and the deal is reportedly worth a total of £8m, which would put Phillips on parity with the club’s highest earners, Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford.

It’s a big statement of intent from the club after Angus Kinnear admitted that the Leeds wage bill was increasing from that of a “mid-table team” to one that could finally deliver promotion.

It also highlights the stakes that are at play this season. Leeds would find it hard to sustain salaries of £40k-a-week for another season in the Championship.

If they miss out on promotion again it might be hard to hold onto Phillips, along with other big-money players like Casilla and Bamford.

It’s a hugely important season for the club and one where promotion is more important than it’s ever been.