Word has got around on Twitter that Southampton are reportedly looking at Kalvin Phillips ahead of a potential summer raid, and many Whites fans have been having their say on the rumour.
The speculation began in The Sun on Sunday (April 14, p61), and suggested the south coast natives will look to buy our midfield anchor, but only if we fail to secure Premier League football.
Another year in the Championship, though, would see a £20million bid lodged for the 5ft 8in star, who has featured in 38 of our 42 league games this season.
We are said to be determined to hold onto Phillips, no matter what division we may find ourselves preparing for, and the deal will be off the table if we secure top-flight football for our centenary campaign.
Southampton making a move for Phillips, however, is a strange motion to ponder, as Ralph Hasenhuttl already has a plethora of central options to pick from at St Mary’s.
The Saints have also never spent more than £20million on a single player, with their current record purchase Guido Carrillo, who set them back £19m, and the January 2018 signing proved disastrous to the point he is currently on loan with CD Leganes.
Hopefully we can avoid the speculation growing before the season ends, and finish the campaign by securing top-flight football, but for now, this is what’s being said on the rumours…
I’ve watched our Kalvin develop since he was a teenager & think he’s a fantastic player. I know this won’t be a popular sentiment but for £20m I would let Southampton smell one of his shin-pads after a match. #lufc https://t.co/ZPZmee4uvb
— Tommy (@tommy_lufc) April 16, 2019
Guessing that’s just for his left arm
— Isaac (@lufcisaac_) April 16, 2019
Leeds will only accept 8 million for any star players …they know this
— BATTYSPEED (@SteveJ4530) April 16, 2019
Which leg that for?
— Chris (@CGamb15) April 16, 2019
a) £20m ????
b) The Sun ????
— Is this our Year? ???????? (@aclr1972) April 16, 2019
Dream on! Pirlo is Leeds
— Lyndsey Mitchell (@lyndseytruth) April 16, 2019
Why the hell would he go to Southampton when he’s heading to the Premiership with a far bigger club in Leeds ????????
— Glyn Gillard (@GillardGlyn) April 16, 2019
Add a zero on the end
— Jack Tugwell (@JackTugwell) April 16, 2019
This would make perfect sense for Kalvin to move. Thats like Brentford bidding for Bale
— Michael Harris (@Mick85LUFC) April 16, 2019
@RMcgoran Radz will sell if that offer came in . He said so himself. Delusional to think otherwise.
— Hugh Jarce (@Hughjarce2014) April 16, 2019
One season in the prem an he’ll be playing for England an be worth 50. Lad is an absolute monster. Controlled 4 man midfields by himself at times the season.
— Reece Price (@Reece7Price) April 16, 2019