Newcastle United are interested in swooping for Liverpool defender Nat Phillips, as reported by The Sun.
The Lowdown: Newcastle gear up for the 2021/22 season
As Steve Bruce refines his squad ahead of 2021/22, much intrigue will surround how the Magpies plan to build on their 12th place finish in the Premier League last season [BBC].
However, they now seem to have turned their attention towards the 24-year-old as they look towards the new campaign.
Would Phillips be a good signing for NUFC?
The Latest: Magpies interested in Phillips swoop; may cost around £10 million
Presently, the Geordies are said to be courting Phillips in a deal that could total around £10 million [Sun]. This has become common knowledge after journalist Alan Nixon signified that the North East giants would have around £50 million to spend this summer on transfers [Sun].
In recent times, Burnley have also been accredited with keeping an eye on the 6ft 3in stopper [Lancashire Live]. Previously, Swansea City came close to signing the Reds defender on loan [Football League World].
The Verdict: Phillips would be a very astute prospective signing for Newcastle United
Without doubt, Phillips would be a welcome addition to the fold at Newcastle United. Coming out of nowhere due to a mass injury crisis for The Reds, he made 20 appearances in 2020/21 as he helped Liverpool to UEFA Champions League qualification [Transfermarkt].
Once labelled “brilliant” by manager Jurgen Klopp [Liverpool FC], the Englishman showed his domineering nature last year winning 5.6 aerial duels on average per game for Liverpool [WhoScored], the highest successful aerial tussle rate of anyone in the entire Reds’ squad [WhoScored].
Fitting the Steve Bruce philosophy, there is every chance that the Englishman could be a rousing success on Tyneside due to his aggressive nature and likeability as a player. Newcastle United should be pushing the boat out to acquire Phillips ahead of the new campaign.
In other news, Newcastle United face a potential blow in their pursuit of a reported target.
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