By Wayne Veysey

23rd Jul, 2021 | 1:48pm

Sources: Gillingham open talks to sign Watford rising star Phillips

Gillingham have opened talks to sign Watford midfielder Daniel Phillips, Football Insider has learned. 

The EFL club are working on a deal for the Trinidad and Tobago international, 20, after being given encouragement.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Gillingham are negotiating a loan deal for Phillips.

Premier League new boys Watford have given the green light for the highly-rated youngster to go out this season and get regular senior experience.

The central-midfielder made his senior debut at the beginning of last season as a late substitute against Middlesborough.

He went on to make four further appearances last term, including two starts in the Carabao Cup against lower league opposition.

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That was enough to earn him his first call-up to Trinidad and Tobago earlier this year and he now has three caps to his name.

However, he was not part of the squad that crashed out of this summer’s Gold Cup at the group stage.

Phillips also captained Watford’s Under-23s side before being promoted to the first team group.

Gillingham have already bolstered their midfield ranks with the addition of Ben Reeves while Olly Lee’s loan deal has been made permanent.

Reeves is more attack-minded and Steve Evans will be hoping Phillips can offer stability.

The Gills finished 10th in League One last season, seven points behind Oxford United in the final play-off place.

As well as Reeves and Lee, Evans has already added five other players to his squad ahead of the new campaign.

In other news, Chelsea are submitting a sensational £130million bid after a Roman Abramovich vow.