'Classic Spurs signing' - Exclusive: Tottenham tipped to land another Leeds player
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is a classic Tottenham signing although his price may now be out of Daniel Levy’s reach, according to Michael Brown.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-Spurs and Leeds midfielder revealed he is a huge admirer of the 24-year-old spearheading the automatic promotion bid of Marcelo Bielsa’s high flyers.
Brown is in no doubt Phillips will be playing in the Premier League next season, and suggests that could be at Tottenham if United suffer promotion agony again.
Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear admitted in the wake of last summer’s transfer window that the club had rebuffed offers of up to £27million for Phillips.
He subsequently signed a new five-year contract, although Football Insider revealed that includes a release clause that can be triggered at the end of this season.
Brown, who is well connected at Elland Road after spending three years at the club during his playing days, told Football Insider: “I personally think he’s a wonderful player because of his ability, he can play up as a 10, he can play wide in a midfield three, he can play a holding, screening in front of the two or the one, he’s got a range of passing, he can also step in at central defence and he’s comfy in a back three.
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“Tell me who’s a young kid who’s played 100 games who can do that? And he’s a very nice, approachable (man), he was there coming through when I was at Leeds United and I wish him well.
“He signed his contract at Leeds United and I wondered why that was, but there’s still options in place if either or doesn’t happen (in terms of promotion).
“I think his development under Bielsa’s been fantastic so hopefully he can do it with Leeds United but unfortunately, the key is Phillips will not be with Leeds United next season if they don’t get promoted.
“You look at some clubs, they’re paying £20million at the top of the pitch for players coming out of the Championship but for a midfield player, it’s a really big call to go over that figure.
“It’s a classic Spurs type signing, young player who they can develop but the fee might be a little bit rich for Spurs and Daniel (Levy).”
Tottenham signed another Leeds academy product last summer, paying a fee rising to £13million for Jack Clarke before loaning him straight back.
In other Leeds United news, it has been REVEALED that the club agreed blockbuster near-£20m deal with Premier League club just a few weeks ago.