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West Ham close to signing Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips

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West Ham United are seemingly very close to sign Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips on loan for the remainder of the season.

The East Londoners reached an agreement with City for the talented midfielder earlier this week. And now The Standard are reporting the English footballer will undergo a medical on Thursday.

It is said that the deal will include the option to buy in the summer but the two clubs are still discussing over a potential fee.

Manager David Moyes is said to be a huge admirer of the 28-year-old, and the Scottish boss wanted to sign him even when he was playing for Leeds United.

The Hammers reportedly submitted a £50 million bid to sign Phillips in January 2022, but that was turned down by the Whites.

He ended up joining Manchester City in the following summer for a fee around £42 million. However, the move hasn’t quite worked out for him.

The defensive midfielder has been struggling for minutes under manager Pep Guardiola, featuring in only 31 appearances in all competitions in the last year and a half.

And this season, he has made only four substitute appearances in the Premier League.

Phillips has little time now to impress Gareth Southgate to include him in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2024. He will hope to reignite his career by performing well during the loan spell.

The midfielder can hope for regular game time at West Ham, who are bidding to secure European football for next season.

David Moyes’ side have been impressive so far this campaign, collecting 35 points from 21 games to be sixth in the Premier League standings.

The Hammers have also made it to the Europa League knockouts after finishing at the top of their group.

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