By Noel Whelan

27th Jul, 2021 | 11:00am

West Ham tipped to complete Phillips signing after Athletic update - Whelan

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips would “definitely” prefer a move to West Ham over Newcastle United, Burnley and Brighton.

That is the view of former Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about reported interest in the 24-year-old.

According to The Athletic‘s James Pearce (July 24th), the Reds would sanction the sale of the centre-half for a fee in the region of £15million.

West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen are said to have last week joined Newcastle, Burnley and Brighton in the race for Phillips’ signature, although no club is close to a deal.

A product of Bolton Wanderers academy, Phillips has two years remaining on his contract at Anfield.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Phillips’ future, Whelan said:

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“I think Phillips would choose West Ham over the others, definitely.

“David Moyes has assembled a really strong side there.

“There is a focus on British based players, you can see what he is thinking. He has got rid of the players who did not give their all for the club. They have got a lot more honesty in that squad now and it shows because they have been much harder to beat over the past 12 to 18 months.

“They have great harmony in that dressing room and it comes from a great core group. Why wouldn’t you be interested in a move to West Ham if you’re Phillips?

“I think he’d be another great addition to West Ham’s squad as well.”

In other news, Danny Mills predicts an eight-figure bid from West Ham to be accepted after source drops update.