Tottenham Hotspur could try to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in the summer transfer window, according to a report from Football Insider.
The 24-year-old has been a key player for the Whites this season, starting 29 of their 33 Championship games with the only fixtures he has missed being because of suspension (Transfermarkt).
According to the report from Football Insider, Spurs were one of several clubs who expressed an interest in signing Phillips last summer. However, the defensive midfielder opted to stay at Elland Road and signed a new five-year deal with the club.
That doesn’t seem to have deterred the north London outfit, however, and it is suggested that they remain interested in him and could try to sign him in the next transfer window. Spurs regard Phillips as a player who can improve them and give them something that they do not currently have, a solid holding midfielder who can also get attacks underway due to his strong range of passing.
They will only look into a deal for the Englishman if Leeds fail to win promotion to the Premier League, though, as they are aware that the Yorkshire side are unlikely to sell if they do move up to the top flight.
If Jose Mourinho and Tottenham were to bring Phillips to the club in the summer, then it should be a brilliant piece of business. He has excelled for Leeds under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, especially this season. On average he wins 6.6 duels, makes 2.9 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per game, which shows his defensive nous. However, he is also strong on the ball and he is averaging two key passes per game in the Championship and he has created five big chances this term as well (SofaScore).
Even when taking into account that he is playing in the second tier, it is also worth noting that he was fantastic in a recent FA Cup tie against Arsenal. In that game, he won 10 ground duels, nine tackles and played four key passes and finished with an impressive SofaScore rating of 7.8, which shows he is capable of playing at a higher level.
He would surely be an upgrade on Eric Dier, who has really struggled for form this season. Indeed, he has started just eight games and is averaging just 0.9 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game (SofaScore). With that in mind, signing Phillips should definitely be a deal that Spurs try to get over the line in the summer window.
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