By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

11th Apr, 2022 | 6:30am

Newcastle United can blow Leeds United out of water financially to sign Kalvin Phillips - pundit

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Paul Robinson has rubbished the idea of Kalvin Phillips quitting Leeds United to join Newcastle United despite there being more money on offer at St James’ Park.

The Mirror reported on 4 April that Newcastle could hand Phillips, 26, a deal worth £120,000-a-week if they sign him with the England international currently earning £25,000-a-week at Elland Road [The Times].

The Mirror added via their print edition on 6 April [page 57] that the Magpies have made Phillips one of their top midfield targets for the summer as they prepare to use their newfound Saudi cash.

However, Robinson suggests that, except from a financial perspective, moving from Leeds to Newcastle would be a sideways step right now.

“Financially, Leeds’ wage bill is a lot smaller than other clubs and Phillips would be financially rewarded a lot better at other clubs,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

But then, is he going to achieve more at Newcastle next season than he would if he stayed at Leeds?

Newcastle is a project and it all comes down to the player’s ambition and whether they want to be a part of that. It’s what he wants and what drives him.

I don’t see Newcastle as a forward step from Leeds at the moment.

Eventually, it will be because they’re going to be competing at the top of the league with the budget they’ve got and the players they’re going to be able to bring in.

It’s going to be a project but the teams Phillips has been linked with – Newcastle and Aston Villa – he’d be better off staying at Leeds.”

In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling took a swipe at Marcelo Bielsa live on Sky Sports News after what happened with the Whites.