DONE DEAL: Club reach agreement with Manchester City for transfer of player

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According to reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Premier League side West Ham have reached an agreement with Manchester City for the transfer of Kalvin Phillips.

The England international will join West Ham on loan from Manchester City until the end of the 2023-24 season. Phillips has also reached an agreement with West Ham.

The move will include an option for West Ham to sign Phillips permanently.

This move is driven by Phillips’ desire for regular playing time ahead of England’s European Championship bid in the summer.

West Ham has been a long-term admirer of Phillips, having previously failed with a £50 million bid for him in January 2022, six months before he joined Manchester City from Leeds.

Phillips has struggled for playing time at Manchester City, having made only nine appearances this season, with just two starts. Despite this, he has remained a part of the England squad.

The arrival of Phillips at West Ham would bolster their midfield, particularly in the wake of Declan Rice’s departure. Phillips’ versatility in midfield and his superior passing range and ball striking skills are seen as beneficial for West Ham’s push for European football.