By Alex McLeish

4th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Phillips predicted to quit Leeds as deal planned to be signed off by 1 January - pundit

Alex McLeish has insisted a potential Manchester United move for Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips will be “hard to turn down”.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, cited Jack Grealish’s move to Manchester City as an example of how stars can move from their boyhood clubs.

The Daily Star reported on Monday (September 27th) Manchester United have turned their attention to Phillips after cooling interest in Declan Rice.

The report suggests the Whites value their midfield ace in the region of £60million.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club want the deal for Phillip signed off ahead of the opening of the January window.

McLeish suggested it would be hard for Phillips to remain at Elland Road should Manchester United go “all the way” with their reported interest.

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“It will be tough for him to turn it down, 100%,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“Jack Grealish was a fan of Aston Villa all his life, but he had his head turned by a dominant club like Manchester City.

“It’s the same thing – if United come and go all the way with their interest, it is hard for him to stay.”

The Leeds-born ace is a fan favourite and has established himself as a mainstay for Marcelo Bielsa.

He has also broken into the England squad, helping the Three Lions reach the final of this summer’s European Championships.

Phillips has made seven Premier League appearances for Leeds this season.

He has played a total of 219 games for the club across all competitions since emerging from the academy in 2015.

In other news, Leeds United target’s release clause has been revealed by Football Insider.