Tottenham are keeping close tabs on Leeds ace Phillips

By Wayne Veysey

17th Feb, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Spurs keen on signing Leeds player who can give them something they haven't got

Tottenham will join the race to sign midfielder Kalvin Phillips this summer if Leeds United don’t get promoted, Football Insider has learned.

The Londoners were among the clubs to express an interest in Phillips last summer before he signed a new five-year contract.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the club still have an interest in signing the 24-year-old as they assess midfield anchorman targets ahead of the next window.

The Premier League giants are aware that a successful pursuit of Phillips is out of the question if second-placed Leeds succeed in their ambition of winning promotion from the Championship.

However, Tottenham, like Phillips’ other Premier League suitors, know the picture will drastically change for the Elland Road academy product if Marcelo Bielsa’s team don’t go up.

United announced in September that Phillips had signed new deal after they rebuffed “multiple offers in excess of £20million” for him.

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New Football Insider pundit Michael Brown has revealed new details on the release clause and claimed it is in fact higher than previously suggested.

Phillips has been outstanding for Leeds since Bielsa took over in the summer of 2018 and is widely regarded as one of the outstanding players in the Championship.

Tottenham regard Phillips as capable of giving them something they haven’t got, an expert protector of the defence who can launch attacks with a wide range of passing.

He has started 29 of Leeds’ 33 Championship matches this season and his return to the team after a three-match ban has coincided with an immediate upturn in results.

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