EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Tottenham are plotting a late-window swoop for midfielder Kalvin Phillips but will only make a move if his contract talks with Leeds United collapse, Football Insider understands.
Spurs are preparing a last-gasp move for Leeds’ prize asset as they look to take a second player from Elland Road to White Hart Lane this summer after the capture of Jack Clarke.
A source with knowledge of Tottenham’s recruitment has told Football Insider the club have a genuine interest in Phillips as they look to further bolster their midfield ranks.
Chairman Daniel Levy’s masterplan is for the Champions League runners-up to bide their time and wait to see the outcome of Phillips’ contract talks before making a formal move.
Levy is convinced that Tottenham can secure the 23-year-old for a cheaper fee if it is clear that he will not sign an extension to his current deal, which expires in 2021.
Football Insider broke the news last Monday afternoon that Phillips had knocked back Leeds’ opening offer following initial talks over a new deal.
The two parties are set to return to the negotiating table but the Elland Road academy product is seeking a deal that triples his wages to more than £30,000-a-week.
Leeds do not want to sell Phillips, who Marcelo Bielsa regards as integral to the team’s plans for the upcoming season, and have let it be known they value him at £30million.
Spurs regard such a price tag as fanciful and believe the player can be prised from United for a lower fee later in the window if he fails to sign a new deal.
Football Insider revealed last month that Leeds have knocked back an approach already for Phillips from Villa, while there is also interest from Wolves and Bournemouth.
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