Man City star to replace Declan: Hammers reveal the truth


West Ham News | Kalvin Phillips

ClaretandHugh Exclusive by Hughie Southon

West Ham have spoken out for the first time on regular speculation that the club is ready to bring in Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips as a replacement for Declan Rice this summer.

The Hammers skipper is all set to leave the London Stadium with Arsenal and Chelsea joint favourites to sign him.

Speculation that Phillips could replace him grew out of the fact that David Moyes made a move for the former Leeds star before he made the switch  to City.

Moyes saw him as the perfect midfield partner for Declan but missed out despite City coming in with a bid lower than ours.

However, he has made just five appearances in Pep Guardiola’s side this season and has been regularly linked with a move to the Hammers in the next window should we remain in the Premier League.

A top Hammers source told us exclusively: “He’s a good player and we like him but sadly he  appears to be injured a lot of the time and is probably on very high wages as a City player.”

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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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  • johnham1 says:

    If anyone had a brain in our scouting department they would realise how very average a player this guy is. Pep will rid of him during the summer if he can and that should be good enough message to stay well clear. There are so many players out there who are far better, probably cheaper and injury free too.

    • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

      Completely agree, John. I have never understood what all the fuss is about. Declan made him look better than he is for England, and I would be happy to see him come and join him (replacing Soucek) but I can’t see him being worth more than £25-30m, and he’s now been spoilt by City.

  • The Cat says:

    I always turn a blind eye to the rumours regarding Kalvin Phillips joining us and I would consider us signing him, a backwards step and bad business.

    We all realise that Declan will be on his way and it is pointless and silly to even think about trying to find a Declan clone, as Declan is a one-off.

    Forced it may be, but this is an opportunity to IDENTIFY a young talented midfielder who will complement the players that we have. We may even be able to cherry-pick a few choice players from the clubs in and around us in this relegation dogfight.

  • Hammeroo says:

    Agree entirely with johnham 1 above. Calvin Phillips couldn’t replace the Man City team mascot at the moment, let alone the captain of West Ham United! He seems out of his depth at City, which is a real shame considering how well he was doing at Leeds United. I would not be surprised if Leeds would be interested in buying him back from City, should he become available. Of course, right now there is so much uncertainty amongst many teams regarding their Premier League future beyond this season. It would seem that the only certainties are death, taxes, and Declan Rice leaving West Ham!

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