Burnley, Wolves and Sheffield United are all likely to table bids for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in the summer transfer window, according to the Sun.
The newspaper claims that Phillips, 24, will become one of the most-wanted players around if Leeds fail to win promotion this season and Europe-chasing Premier League clubs are starting to circle the midfield general.
It is understood Leeds will want more than £20million for Phillips, who signed a new £20,000-a-week contract [Daily Mail] at Elland Road earlier this season and wants to reach the top-flight with his boyhood club.
The Sun adds that Leeds’ rivals Sheffield United are hopeful that qualifying for next season’s Champions League or Europa League can help them lure Phillips to Bramall Lane in the summer and Chris Wilder has the funds to buy him.
Manchester City’s European ban means that the team who finishes fifth in the Premier League this season could qualify for the Champions League while an extra Europa League spot may also be up for grabs.
That will help teams like Sheffield United, who are seventh, eight-placed Wolves and ninth-placed Burnley.
Of course, Leeds fans will be hoping that all of this Premier League interest in Phillips is pointless.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have seen their form improve in the last couple of weeks and they now sit five points clear of third-placed in the Championship standings, meaning automatic promotion is a strong possibility.
Phillips picked up an injury in the 1-0 win against Reading on Saturday but is not likely to be sidelined for too long.
In other Leeds United news, fans blasted this “fraud” for his performance against Reading.