Spurs enter race for highly-rated Leeds midfielder Phillips

Tottenham have entered the race to sign in-demand Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

Phillips has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs following a standout campaign for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, being named in the EFL Team of the Season as Leeds narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight.

Aston Villa emerged as the early favourites to secure a deal for the 23-year-old, with Wolves and Newcastle also reportedly keen. Villa’s opening offer was believed to be some way short of Leeds’ £30m valuation, having offered around £11m to take Phillips to the Midlands.

The Mirror are now reporting that Spurs have joined the race to sign the holding midfield player, though Leeds are unlikely to  part easily with the highly-rated academy graduate.

Should Phillips leave Elland Road for North London, he will be the second Leeds player to join Spurs this summer. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have already secured the £10m signing of teenage winger Jack Clarke, the 18-year-old being immediately sent back to the Championship club on a season-long loan deal.

Read Also: Kaka, Ronaldinho & Zidane – The maddest attempted transfers in Premier League history