By Kevin Phillips

19th Feb, 2021 | 7:00am

Kevin Phillips tips West Ham to test Rangers resolve with Bassey bid

West Ham may test Rangers’ resolve with a bid for lockdown rebel Calvin Bassey in the summer.

That is according to 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 21-year-old’s future at Ibrox in light of recent events.

Bassey, 21, was identified by Steven Gerrard as one of the five players who breached Covid regulations to attend a party in the west end of Glasgow on Saturday night.

Football Insider understands the player is “deeply sorry” for his actions and “upset” at “letting down” his manager and teammates in an incident which threatens his Ibrox career.

The Light Blues signed the left-back from Leicester City in the summer, with West Ham “gutted” to have been beaten by the Gers to his signature at that time.

When asked if the Hammers could reignite their bid to sign Bassey this summer, Phillips told Football Insider: “I think they will have an eye on the situation.

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“West Ham might think to test the water in the summer just in case the club do want to move him on.

“It is a tough one because when you make a mistake everyone jumps on you but Stevie G isn’t daft. I think he will give him the benefit of the doubt.

“I’d presume that he wants to keep Bassey for next season. The last thing you want to do is win the Championship and then get rid of one of your best young player because he has slipped up during the previous season.

“Bassey is a talented player so I would be surprised if Stevie G was to move him on. If anyone was to make an enquiry I think he would squash that straight away.” 

In other news, Campbell claims West Ham can land ‘wonderful’ Sturridge signing now after a key reveal on Twitter.