By Pranav Shahaney

20th Mar, 2022 | 11:49am

Leeds United identify Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes as potential Kalvin Phillips replacement

Leeds United have reportedly earmarked Swansea midfielder Flynn Downes to replace Kalvin Phillips.

According to The Times, the England international is subject to growing transfer interest from a number of Premier League sides.

Should he leave this summer, Downes, 23, has been viewed as a possible player they could look to bring in.

The former England Under-20 midfielder has been everpresent for the Swans in the season, making 31 Championship appearances.

Another midfielder linked

The list of midfielders Leeds want to sign have only been increasing ever since they secured promotion to the Premier League.

That’s been an area of the pitch they have not addressed and will almost certainly be looking to buy someone this summer.

Downes is a player who’s grown from strength to strength this season and has established himself as a reliable option for manager Russell Martin.

Speaking to the club’s official website in January 2022, Martin said of him, “I’m running out of superlatives for Flynn. He came from League One. He was a really important signing for us. He’s one of our biggest assets.

“We have a lot of good players, some of them are suited more to the style of play than others. He certainly is that. He’s been incredible.”

Given how highly Martin rates him, signing him is not going to be an easy task.

However, if the Whites can offer him Premier League football then he would absolutely be willing to jump ship.

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