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Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, per the Daily Mirror.

What’s the word?

Spurs have already signed Jack Clarke from the Championship club and are now hopeful of concluding a second deal with the Whites.

The Mirror reports that Aston Villa, Newcastle United, AFC Bournemouth and Wolves are all interested in the 23-year-old, who currently earns £10,000-per-week at Elland Road.

Villa, recently promoted to the Premier League, have already made an £11m bid, per the piece, though it was rejected.

Indeed, Leeds want to receive £30m for Phillips, who can play as a midfielder and a centre-back.

Versatile option

This is a potentially smart deal for Spurs.

Phillips impressed throughout the 2018/19 season as Marcelo Bielsa’s side went close to achieving promotion to the Premier League.

He made 46 appearances in all competitions and would be a relatively low-cost addition in what has turned into a frenzied summer of spending.

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Spurs have already broken their transfer record to sign Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon and one feels that they may not have another such acquisition up their sleeves, such was the outlay.

A move for the Englishman would add some depth in midfield and offer cover in defence, too, having featured 13 times as a centre-back last season.

Relations between the two clubs should be in good shape after the signing of Clarke and Phillips could well be an understated gem of a transfer.


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Harry Sherlock