Newcastle United should look at signing Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in the next transfer window, says former England striker Darren Bent. Phillips, 24, has been a star man for Leeds in their charge to the top of the Championship table this season.
It is still unclear over whether the Championship campaign will resume, leaving Leeds’ promotion hopes in doubt.
Bent says whatever happens Phillips should not be playing Championship football next season.
And when asked who Newcastle’s incoming new owners could target, the pundit suggested Phillips
“There are some good players who could potentially be in the Championship next season, or even coming out the Championship – people like Kalvin Phillips,” Bent told Football Insider.
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“I think a lot of the top clubs will be looking at Phillips because he’s playing in the wrong division.
“He in himself will think he’s a boyhood Leeds fan, he loves Leeds but obviously everybody wants to play in the Premier League, it’s the biggest and best league, financially it’s the best league as well.
“Whatever your motivation is to get to the Premier League, you’ve just got to get there so I think if he is available, I don’t think he’ll be playing another year in the Championship – if he does, he’ll be wasting another year.”
Current Newcastle owner Mike Ashley agreed to sell the club for £300million to the Saudi Arabia-backed PCP Capital Partners last month.
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And transfer expert Ian McGarry says the Toon are targeting Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
“He has been attracting interest from a lot of clubs, mainly in the Premier League but also in Europe as well,” McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“A player who has been instrumental this season in Celtic’s rise to be 13 points ahead of Rangers as things stand.
“There is interest from Newcastle United who are determined to make sensible investments regarding player recruitment rather than using the scattergun approach which other Premier League clubs who have been taken over and invested in by nation states or indeed wealthy individuals [have used].
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“Edouard is valued at £40m by Celtic but of course in this current market they’re unlikely to achieve that kind of figure for the player.
“Newcastle are still waiting for their takeover to be confirmed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund but are very keen to take Edouard, partly on the basis that he is someone who wants to play football every week, he and his representatives have stated to interested parties that he doesn’t want to go to a club where he will be second or third choice, he wants to develop his career in a very constructive and progressive way.”
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