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Kalvin Phillips admits West Ham move “almost inevitable”

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Kalvin Phillips admits West Ham move “inevitable”

Kalvin Phillips has admitted it was almost inevitable he would end up at West Ham.

David Moyes was a disappointed man when he missed out on a priority signing with the defensive midfielder decided to move from Leeds to Man City.

That certainly was as natural choice as it gets these days but now it has failed to work out at the Etihad he is joining us on loan – the big hope being he can somehow be tempted to remain permanently come the summer.

He would certainly need to take a pay cut for that to happen but as one of the backroom staff told Claret and Hugh let’s “never say never.”

The England international can’t wait to get started on this phase of his career and already knows several of the squad and explained that he gets on well with them.

Speaking to the Hammers Irons Cast podcast he said: “Hopefully I can follow in some of the other players’ footsteps and be a successful January signing!

“Jesse did brilliantly when he was here, and Jarrod and Tomáš are huge for the Club now, so they’re not easy acts to follow but I’ll do my best!

“I’m delighted to get it over the dotted line. I was over in Abu Dhabi on a warm-weather training camp with City, and all I could think about was getting the loan sorted.

“Honestly, if City hadn’t come in for me back in the summer of 2022 I think I could’ve come to West Ham before. The manager has told me he’s been after me for two years or so, so it’s almost like it’s inevitable that I’m finally here. I just can’t wait to get going now.”

He said: “I’ve spoken to Dec quite a bit about West Ham over time, and he’s always said amazing things. I also get on well with Jarrod [Bowen], Ingsy [Danny Ings] and Prowsey [James Ward-Prowse] – I’ve not had chance to speak to them yet, but I’ll look forward to seeing them in training!”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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