The national newspaper claim that the Magpies are keen on Leeds’ midfield enforcer, but aren’t the only Premier League side in the race with Tottenham and Aston Villa also in the running.
The Mirror report that Aston Villa have already offered £11million for Phillips but that Leeds remain adamant that any Premier League suitor will have to pay around £30million for him as they’re desperate to keep him.
Newcastle being keen on a £30m-rated player means one thing, it’s unlikely they’re going to get them. The most the Magpies have ever spent on a signing was when the club splashed £20million on recruiting Miguel Almiron in January (Source: BBC). When you consider that before Almiron’s arrival, the most the Magpies ever spent was the £16million they invested in getting Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005, then it’s unlikely they’re going to break their transfer record once again anytime soon. Given that Aston Villa have already tabled an offer and that Tottenham, who can offer Champions League football, are in the race for Phillips then he’s destined to join one of those Premier League sides if he is to depart Elland Road. It’s disappointing that Newcastle are unlikely to have a real shot at Phillips as he is a talented player. The 23-year-old played 44 times for the Whites in the Championship in his latest campaign and his average rating was 6.98 (Source: WhoScored). Phillips scored once and assisted three goals in his league outings and was proven to be a threat in the air as he won 2.6 of his aerial duels per game.