Wolves have set their sights on a new pursuit of Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips after having an offer knocked back last summer, Football Insider has learned.

United announced in September that Phillips had signed a new five-year contract after they rebuffed “multiple offers in excess of £20million” for him.

A Wolves source has told Football Insider that the club were among those in the Premier League who had a strong interest in landing the midfielder, 24.

The Premier League big spenders intend to regularly scout Phillips in the second half of this season ahead of a possible fresh approach in the summer.

Wolves are aware that a successful pursuit of the defensive midfielder is almost out of the question if second-placed Leeds succeed in their ambition of winning promotion back to the Premier League.

However, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side know the picture will alter dramatically for the Elland Road academy product should his side remain in the Championship at the end of the campaign.

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As revealed by Football Insider, Phillips has a release clause in his contract that can be triggered in the summer for a fee of above £20million.

Leeds’ promotion bid has suffered a major dent in the last six weeks, exacerbated by a horror run of four defeats in their last five Championship matches.

Phillips has been absent for the last three of those due to a suspension and has been sorely missed.

He has taken his game to new heights this season, starting all 30 of the Leeds matches for which he’s been available.

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