Kevin Phillips has tipped Danny Rose to complete a sensational return to Leeds United this summer but expects Newcastle United to offer stiff competition for his signature.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 29-year-old is still ‘class’ and would add valuable Premier League experience to the squad if promoted.
The left-back, who is out of contract next summer, is highly likely to leave Spurs in the upcoming transfer window after a 13-year spell with the club.
Rose is currently on a sixth-month loan deal at St. James Park and Newcastle are expected to pursue a permanent deal on its completion.
The Doncaster-born defender is a product of the Whites academy having switched Elland Road for White Hart Lane in July 2007.
When asked by Football Insider if a return to his boyhood club could be on the cards this summer, Phillips said: “It would not surprise me. You see it quite often that players from that area end up back at the club.
“Danny Rose has got the Premier League experience and can still do it. He is still a class left-back.
“I am sure the new owners at Newcastle would like to keep Rose but the player could be tempted by a move to Yorkshire and be a part of what Leeds are building there.
“That experience would help the squad. It would not surprise me if he pitched up at Leeds whenever the transfer window open – assuming Leeds going up.”
Rose has 188 Premier League appearances to his name and would provide Marcelo Bielsa’s squad with some much-needed top-flight experience if they were to gain promotion.
However, wages could be a sticking point in a potential deal. The England international is reported to earn £60,000 a week on his current contract.
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