By Noel Whelan

17th Jul, 2019 | 6:00pm

Whelan Exclusive: I'm hearing Wolves are lurking in background & primed to sign Leeds star


Noel Whelan has revealed he’s heard Wolves are lurking in the “background” ready to pounce for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United striker explained what he has been told about the race to land the 23-year-old in the final three weeks of the window.

Multiple Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on Phillips’ contract talks with Leeds, which are yet to result in an agreement after he knocked back their opening offer last week.

“I’m not surprised he is being looked at by Premier League clubs,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Can Leeds keep him? That’s the big question. 

“Right now, it looks like the offer Leeds have made to him is not enough. They cannot match the wages on offer from Premier League clubs. Can they offer him something with incentives in case they get promoted to the Premier League next season?

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“I’m hearing thee is plenty of interest in Phillips. Wolves are in the background ready to move, Bournemouth are there. Aston Villa were very keen but look like they have given up as Douglas Luiz is coming from Manchester City.

“It could be down to Wolves and Bournemouth.”

Phillips has two years remaining on his Leeds deal, which he signed soon after Andrea Radrizzani’s full takeover of the club in the summer of 2021.

He was named in the official Football League team of the year for his performances last season after being converted into a midfield anchorman by Marcelo Bielsa.

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