By Kevin Phillips

4th Apr, 2021 | 5:00pm

Phillips delivers verdict on his ex-protege Souttar joining West Ham after key update

Harry Souttar has the right mentality to be a great signing for West Ham after being linked with several Premier League sides.

That’s according to former Sunderland forward Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Souttar, a player he used to coach at Stoke. 

The Express are reporting that the Irons, Wolves and Crystal Palace are all interested in signing the 22-year-old defender this summer after a solid campaign for Stoke.

Phillips coached Souttar while he was at Stoke in 2018 and claims that the defender’s potential was always there to see while admitting he was far from the finished article a few seasons ago.

“When we were at Stoke you could see the potential but he just struggled with his fitness,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“He struggled with his consistency but he was still developing. He had a great attitude on him, a really nice kid. 

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“He used to take the information on board but sometimes he struggled to put that onto the pitch. 

“He’s two years older now and he’s developed into a fine player. If you’re being linked with West Ham, David Moyes isn’t silly. 

“You’ve seen the players he’s brought in, if Souttar was to go to West Ham it would be a big jump for him. 

“He’s got the right mentality and it could be a great move for him.”

Souttar has started 33 of Stoke’s 39 Championship games this season with the Potters looking like they will improve on last season’s 15th placed finish.

West Ham are still in with a shot of securing Champions League football for next season and will look to continue their good form when they face Wolves on Monday night.

In other news, Kevin Phillips hails ‘excellent’ potential signing after West Ham insider’s transfer reveal.