By Wayne Veysey
Bournemouth have made an early move to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, Football Insider can reveal.
The Cherries have already signed Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City for £13million this summer and are keen to recruit another rising star from the Championship.
A source with knowledge of the situation has told Football Insider they have registered their interest in Phillips as they look to continue their policy of buying talented British youngsters.
Bournemouth also have an interest in Phillips’ Elland Road teammate Jack Clarke, but they are especially keen on the 23-year-old who has established himself as one of the best midfield anchormen in the Football League.
Leeds face a battle this summer to hang on to Phillips after they failed in their bid to secure promotion to the Premier League.
He is attracting widespread interest from top-flight clubs, with Aston Villa, Southampton and Norwich City also keeping close tabs on his situation.
Football Insider revealed a fortnight ago that Phillips had opened talks with Leeds chiefs over an extension to his contract, which expires in the summer of 2021.
The United academy product has just completed the best season of his career after being transformed into a midfield anchorman by Marcelo Bielsa and playing an instrumental role in the club climbing from 13th in 2017-18 to third.
His former Leeds teammate Lewis Cook joined Bournemouth from Leeds for £6million three years ago.
Phillips’ future at Leeds is in doubt after the club’s play-off heartache, which extends their spell in the Football League to a 16th consecutive year.
He has a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2021 and talks are expected to discuss an extension.