'Huge' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts after West Ham bid submitted for Englishman
Kevin Phillips says it would be a “huge bonus” for West Ham if they could sign Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash this month.
The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Irons will not be the only one looking to prise the 22-year-old from the City Ground.
Moyes admitted to the press that the Hammers had made enquiries about signing the Forest star and Football Insider understands a £12million offer from the club was submitted.
Phillips says that it will be difficult to tempt Forest into selling but says a player of his quality would do wonders for the struggling east London outfit.
Phillips told Football Insider: “This window is notoriously tough for making deals and getting the right people in. If you can get the right players and enhance your squad and make it better than what you’ve already got then they’re good signings.
“Matty Cash is a certainly a player if he isn’t to move in this window and Forest weren’t to go up – they’re in a good position – he’s a player that I’m sure isn’t just on West Ham’s radar, he’ll be on quite a few others’.
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“Whether he comes in this window or not, I’m not so sure, because of where Forest are, they won’t want to lose their players, but if you can add quality like him in this window, certainly for a team fighting relegation, that would be a huge bonus.”
Cash has a total of 127 appearances under his belt for the Championship side, having come through the youth ranks at the City Ground.
West Ham have Pablo Zabaleta and Ryan Fredericks as their two senior right-backs, the pair swapping in and out the side all season due to injury and form.