By Darren Bent

13th May, 2020 | 5:30pm

'He loves Leeds but...' - Exclusive: Newcastle transfer touted for Elland Road star

Darren Bent has tipped Newcastle United’s prospective new owners to chase the signing of Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips this summer.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the 24-year-old will be on the move if the Whites fail to seal promotion this season.

With football in England currently suspended, the Whites sit top of the Championship table by a single point.

Meanwhile at St James’ Park, the Shields Gazette report that PCP Capital Partners believe their takeover bid is still on course to be completed reports opposition to the deal has caused a delay.

With transfer plans on Tyneside up in the air, Bent suggests the new owners could snap up a Premier League-ready talent in the shape of Leeds’ midfield general.

Asked about who Newcastle could sign, Bent told Football Insider: “There are some good players who could potentially be in the Championship next season, or even coming out the Championship – people like Kalvin Phillips.

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“I think a lot of the top clubs will be looking at Phillips because he’s playing in the wrong division. 

“He in himself will think he’s a boyhood Leeds fan, he loves Leeds but obviously everybody wants to play in the Premier League, it’s the biggest and best league, financially it’s the best league as well.

“Whatever your motivation is to get to the Premier League, you’ve just got to get there so I think if he is available, I don’t think he’ll be playing another year in the Championship – if he does, he’ll be wasting another year.”

Phillips has been a mainstay for Marcelo Bielsa’s men this season, with 34 appearances under his belt.

He has played a total of 175 times across all competitions for his boyhood club, with all but 14 of those games coming in the Championship.

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