By Mark Smith

17th Jan, 2020 | 9:28am

Sky Sports pundit: 'Improved' Leeds star was on the radar of two C'ship teams

Kevin Phillips has confirmed that both Stoke City and Derby County have been interested in a move for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

The former Sunderland forward revealed that he is a massive fan of the 24-year-old, and his improved form is why the Premier League big boys are keeping a close eye on the Whites enforcer.

Phillips has also been tipped for a call-up to the England squad, with Gareth Southgate present at the recent defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Sky Sports pundit, Phillips admitted that the midfielder could walk into most sides up and down the country in his current form.

“The big boys are sniffing around Kalvin Phillips and I’ve watched him over the years, he’s improved,” the former striker told Football Insider.

“When I worked at Stoke and Derby, he was a player that was on our radar because I think he could walk into most teams.”

Phillips has become untouchable since Marcelo Bielsa arrived at the club nearly two years ago. The midfield man is a pivotal part of the Whites side, and without him, they could become fragile.

There is no chance of either of those two teams securing a move for Phillips now, who has gone to another level.

Phillips signed a new five-year deal at the beginning of the season until 2024, and many Premier League clubs have since registered an interest – something that has seen his price-tag potentially reach £40million.

Either way, no one will be getting their hands on Phillips in the near future, if Leeds finally earn promotion back to the Premier League this season.

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