By Noel Whelan

16th Jun, 2019 | 10:00am

'Stood out like a sore thumb' - Whelan exclusive: Leeds player could have hand forced over exit


Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips might have his hand forced over leaving the club as a result of their financial situation this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Elland Road striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the need for funds at his old club could see them cash in on one or two of their talents and that Phillips might find himself being gently pushed out the exit door.

Football Insider have exclusively revealed that Premier League sides Wolves, Norwich City, Bournemouth and Aston Villa are all keen on snapping up the 23-year-old, national reports stating the Villans are set to make a £14million bid for his capture.

Whelan admits that sometimes a player does not have much of a say in whether he stays or goes and he has suggested that may well be the case with Phillips this summer.

“Money talks and we know Leeds United don’t have a great deal of money to spend,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“Sometimes it’s not always down to the player, sometimes the money that’s needed at the football club forces your hand to leave. If a big money offer comes in for Kalvin, he’s got a lot to think about and a lot to take on board.

Hopefully we don’t need to sell these players, I’m hoping we can build on what we had last season. I get one or two may have to leave but can we keep the crucial ones that really make that difference? Kalvin’s definitely one player that stood out like a sore thumb last season.”

Phillips, who was born in Leeds, has played 141 times for his boyhood club, with 46 of those outings coming in the 2018/19 campaign.

A versatile player, the natural central midfielder has also been used as a makeshift centre back by manager Marcelo Bielsa.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have rejected a bid for a senior star.