Newcastle are apparently preparing a January bid for Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Since joining the Etihad in 2022, the former Leeds player has struggled for playing time, starting only two Premier League games for Pep Guardiola’s team.
Phillips chose to fight for a starting spot after a dismal debut season, but he could be enticed by a move to Newcastle this winter.
Eddie Howe’s side are interested in improving their defensive-midfield options, according to The Northern Echo, and have identified the 27-year-old as an ideal prospect.
Sandro Tonali joined Newcastle from AC Milan for £52 million in the summer, but he has played in a more forward role so far this season.
Bruno Guimaraes has frequently been used as a deep midfielder, but the Brazilian is best used farther forward.
Phillips established himself as one of England’s strongest holding midfielders during his eight years in the Leeds first team, prompting City to launch a hefty bid for him.
With his continuing struggles to break into Guardiola’s team, a move could potentially be on the cards.
Last month, the former Barcelona manager admitted he was still struggling to fit into City’s system, saying: ‘Marcelo (Bielsa) gave Kalvin the best of Kalvin in his career.
‘I wish I could have done to Kalvin what Marcelo has done to him. We have our own special way to play and (he) occasionally suffers in a few things, but the previous (Leeds playing style) was perfect (for him)’.