Leeds United duo Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas were targeted by Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2019 according to The Athletic, much to the amusement of reporter Phil Hay.
The outlet details that the Midlands club had a lengthy shortlist of 70 names under previous manager Sabri Lamouchi, with Phillips and Dallas among them.
The pair had been ever-present for Marcelo Bielsa in his first season in charge, and would go on to play a significant role in achieving promotion in 2019/20.
Amusing to discover that in the summer of 2019, Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas were on Nottingham Forest’s list of transfer targets (Phillips as a loan). As the saying goes, good luck with that.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 13, 2021
Phil Hay said it was “amusing” to hear that Forest wanted to try and take the player on loan, especially as Leeds turned down a bid of around £30million for the player in the same window.
In response to the news, Hay put it quite succinctly, “As the saying goes, good luck with that.”
Keeping things under wraps
Forest’s interest in the Leeds duo that summer is bizarre, as Bielsa and Victor Orta were never going to allow either Phillips or Dallas to leave. To anyone, let alone a lesser rival in the same league.
The club deserves credit for holding onto Phillips amid Villa’s interest, however.
An England call-up and an impressive start to life in the Premier League means the midfielder’s value will have gone up even further. And he’s playing football with his boyhood club.
A lot can be made of transfers or the lack thereof, but keeping hold of key players can often be more important, yet overlooked.
The same can be said of the current transfer window.
We are yet to make any additions to the first-team but the club also isn’t surrounded by speculation linking players elsewhere, and that is encouraging.
It allows Bielsa and his squad to focus on the task at hand, and ensures a happy camp at Elland Road, so credit must go to the club for preventing any possible dealings being leaked to the public.
In other Leeds United news, the club has made a second offer for a exciting young prospect.