Man Utd ‘could rival’ West Ham’s ‘£50m bid’ for Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips | Football | Sport

West Ham are prepared to smash their transfer record to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips after reportedly launching a late £50million move. But David Moyes is likely to face competition from his former club Manchester United, who could scupper their attempts to sign the England international.

The Evening Standard report the Hammers have submitted an official bid to the Yorkshire outfit of £50m, which if accepted could see the club break their transfer record.

Their most expensive arrival to date is Sebastien Haller, who cost £45m to sign from Eintracht Frankfurt but subsequently joined Ajax 18 months later.

Moyes has already failed in his attempt to poach Brazilian winger Raphinha this month after the club saw their enquiry knocked back.

But the east London side are hoping to bolster his squad with a marquee signing with Champions League qualification in their sights this season.

Phillips was selected alongside West Ham’s Declan Rice as part of Gareth Southgate’s midfield duo and the pair excelled together as they reached the final.

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It is certainly no surprise that Moyes would view Phillips as a perfect addition to his midfield, although questions remain whether he would serve as a direct replacement for Rice, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United.

Man United showed interest in capturing Phillips earlier in the transfer window as Ralf Rangnick looked to add more steel to his midfield, and the Red Devils may re-enter the race to sign the holding midfielder.

It was believed the Leeds academy graduate would turn down a move to Old Trafford due to his family links to Leeds, with the clubs sharing a fierce and long-standing rivalry.

However, Rangnick is yet to make a signing with only 36 hours left before the transfer window shuts and the German could insist on a late bid to match West Ham’s offer.

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United have already agreed to allow Donny van de Beek to leave on loan, with the Dutchman now expected to join Everton despite initial reports suggesting he would go to Crystal Palace.

Phillips has made 226 appearances for his boyhood club since his debut in the 2014-15 season and was a key part of the squad that took Marcelo Bielsa’s side to the Premier League in 2019-20.

The 26-year-old may view a move to the London Stadium as a step up at this point, with West Ham fighting for European places while Leeds scrap amongst the bottom-half of the Premier League.

The Guardian report Bielsa is adamant that his captain will not be leaving the club in the transfer window and Leeds have turned down the offer.

But Moyes is prepared to wait until the summer in order to get his man, should he fail to secure a deal in time before the end of the window.

Phillips is thought to earn around £25,000-a-week after putting pen to paper on a new deal in December 2019 when interest from the Premier League began to surface.

But he could potentially quadruple those wages if he were to secure a move away from the club.

The midfielder — currently sidelined with a hamstring injury — recently spoke of his desire to sign a new deal with the club, hinting he could reject the chance to leave this month.

“I just want to focus on getting back fit,” he told The Daily Mail.

“But I speak to the owner regularly. I want a new contract. I’m very happy here.”

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