Leeds United exit options for Kalvin Phillips reduced after Fabrizio Romano update on rival
Newcastle look unlikely to be in the market for Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips in the summer as Eddie Howe dismissed a “crazy market” at the club.
The Mirror had reported recently that the newly-rich Magpies could offer the Whites midfielder a £95,000-a-week pay rise on his reported £25,000 current salary and “stay within their wage structure”.
But the Saudi-owned club are apparently not set to stage a “revolution” once the season is over because they are under “financial restrictions” according to the manager.
Fabrizio Romano reported on his personal Twitter account: “Newcastle won’t have a ‘crazy market’ this summer, manager Eddie Howe says: “I don’t think it will be the revolution that everyone thinks it will be because we’re under financial restrictions”.
A week ago Frank McAvennie told Football Insider that the 26-year-old would consider a move to St James’ Park if an offer came in.
But it now looks like one of the requisite size isn’t going to be forthcoming.
One less to worry about
The Yorkshire Pirlo’s future is becoming more of a concern for Whites fans, with talks on a new contract apparently “stalled” according to The Telegraph.
It is a slight reassurance that it appears one of the suitors who could easily afford him is out of the running.
But until a new contract is signed, and potentially even after that, there will be worries of an exit while other teams chasing him remain undeterred.
West Ham wanted him in January and may make another run in the summer, but it is the mooted interest from Aston Villa and particularly Manchester United that is more concerning.
Villa are apparently prepared to pay £60million for the 26-year-old (Telegraph) as Steven Gerrard attempts to overhaul his midfield.
And the Manchester Evening News‘ recent report that a deal was being worked on to take him to Old Trafford said: “Phillips is generating interest from Aston Villa and West Ham and United are confident of seeing off any competitors.”
That sounds fairly ominous, but with the boyhood Whites fan surely willing to give his hometown club the first option, they really need to get a move on and commit to him before one of these mooted offers turns his head.
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