Kalvin-Phillips-talk is getting boring as-West Ham-line up Rice replacementKalvin Phillips talk is getting boring as West Ham line up Rice replacement

We all know that Declan Rice will need replacing but this constant Kalvin Phillips talk is getting rather boring.

There is no doubt that the England and Manchester City midfielder is a fine player. But surely West Ham can’t seriously be interested in a footballer who’s missed most of the season through injury? His football hiatus has not just occurred at City either, he was frequently absent for Leeds too.

Kalvin Phillips talk is getting boring as West Ham line up Rice replacement

Kalvin Phillips talk is getting boring as West Ham line up Rice replacement

At his peak Phillips is a cracking midfielder and England regular but he’s earning a fortune at Man City. As a result it would cost The Hammers a pretty penny to get him to agree terms with us. Add in the £40 million plus transfer fee and the deal becomes very pricey indeed.

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Clearly there are funds available and I’d expect West Ham to spend big on a midfielder, but ideally a fit one. Even if West Ham spend half of the Rice money it’s a massive chunk to spend on one player. We can fork-out £50 million on a midfielder but they have to be available to play.

Perhaps it’s just lazy journalism, but it seems as if Phillips name is churned up every time Dec’s replacement is mentioned.

George Graham once said. “Never buy a player who thinks he’s doing you a favour”. West Ham’s profile and European reputation has risen so much that we don’t need to purchase cast-off’s. Perhaps that’s a slightly mean appraisal of Phillips who is a talented player but I’d be inclined to give him a swerve.

Let’s purchase someone young and dynamic with their careers ahead of them. A motivated and fit player who’s not viewing The London Stadium as a step down.


By Gonzo

West Ham fan for as long as I can remember. I was flukey enough to watch The Irons beat Bury 10-0 in my first ever game . . . True to form, West Ham then went out and signed their central defender 😬

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