Sources: West Ham lay groundwork to sign 'monster' Phillips as price tag revealed
West Ham are lining up a move for Liverpool outcast Nathaniel Phillips in January, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
David Moyes’ high flyers are in the market for a senior centre-back after losing Angelo Ogbonna for the rest of the season to an ACL injury.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Phillips is on their list of January centre-back targets and they are laying the groundwork for a potential deal.
Liverpool are expected to listen to offers for Phillips, 24, after he slipped to fifth in their central defensive pecking order this term.
Around £12million would seal the deal for a player who made a big impact in Jurgen Klopp’s team when they were savaged by injuries last term.
But Virgil van Dijk has made an emphatic return from an ACL to lead the defence, Joel Matip is playing some of the best football of his Liverpool career and Ibrahima Konate is settling in well following his £36m summer move from RB Leipzig.
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The final call on letting Phillips go is likely to depend on the fitness of Joe Gomez, who is currently out injured and has not started a Premier League match all season.
Klopp hailed Phillips as an aerial “monster” after some “absolutely incredible” displays last season, in which he made 18 Premier League and Champions League starts.
But he has barely featured this term, with his only senior appearance a 45-minute showing in the October EFL Cup win over second-tier Preston North End.
West Ham completed two centre-back signings in the last window, with Kurt Zouma joining from Chelsea and Craig Dawson completing his loan from Watford into a permanent move.
In the absence of Ogbonna, Moyes can also call on Issa Diop as the club’s third fit senior centre-back.