Howe eyeing move for Liverpool’s forgotten man – Asking price set at £15m – Report

According to Mark Douglas, Newcastle United are considering a January move for Liverpool’s Nat Phillips.

In his latest piece for i news, the former reporter at The Chronicle claims that the centre-back is ‘high on Eddie Howe’s wanted list’.

The 6ft 3′ defender is believed to be available for £15m this month, with the Reds looking set to sell after he slipped way back down the pecking order at Anfield.

Phillips, 24, impressed under Jurgen Klopp last season, making 20 appearances and stepping in admirably after injuries to Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez left Liverpool with a real shortage of fit centre-backs.

However, with all three fit again and Ibrahim Konate also arriving in a £36m move from RB Leipzig over the summer, Phillips hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football this season, featuring only four times in Klopp’s matchday squad.

Here’s a snippet from Mark Douglas’ latest piece on all things NUFC, touching on our interest in Botman, Carlos, Phillips and Ekitike:

Newcastle United’s January transfer window moves are being dictated by availability of their top targets.

As i reported on Tuesday, the club are making “good progress” as they look to add a centre-back to the squad before a critical run of games that includes relegation rivals Watford and Leeds.

But the club have made an early transfer window call to pivot to players capable of delivering Premier League safety immediately. “Nothing else matters, the long-term stuff can wait,” a senior source told i.

Newcastle are working on a deal for Sevilla’s Diego Carlos, who has been identified as a good fit for the Premier League.

Liverpool’s Nat Phillips is another name high on Eddie Howe’s wanted list and the Reds are open to offers for the 24-year-old. But he would not come cheap, with a £15million price tag on the centre-back.

Lille resisted moves for top target Sven Botman and his agent told the club he wanted to play Champions League football.

The club are looking to lay down a marker with agents and sellers after feeling many targets have been overpriced. “PIF is a sensible investment fund. There are funds but they don’t splash the cash unnecessarily – it’s a message that will get through to people,” the source said.

The Magpies want to recruit a second striker of the window – the club are negotiating with Stade Reims over 19-year-old forward Hugo Ekitike, dubbed the “new Kylian Mbappe” after scoring 8 goals in 20 games in his first season in top flight football.

Would you be happy to see Phillips arrive at St James’ Park this month?

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10 thoughts on “Howe eyeing move for Liverpool’s forgotten man – Asking price set at £15m – Report

  1. I think he did a good job last year covering the CB’s so why not if we don’t manage to get the other ones. Sooner we get cover the better. Hwtl

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  2. Kidda – he did a great job last season mate when you consider his first taste of first team football was to be the long term fill in for VVD.

    The pressure he would have felt in that Liverpool team last season would match that of a relegation battle imo – Liverpool making top 4 missing so many players is similar to our battle to stay up.

    £15m for Phillips is a no brainer imo – if he’d be up for coming, even on a loan to buy then get him. He would strengthen our defence to end.

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  3. Quality out & out CB, brilliant in the air & decent on the deck……..he was superb in the San Siro against Zlatan.

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  4. I like the sound of him he has great potential and the right age to mould a good defence.
    The price is not extortionate.

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  5. I hope this is true what a bargain buy for a very good centre half who didn’t let Liverpool down once, great quality player in the air and on the deck and at 24 he can only get better.

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  6. Yes get him in, bring in divoc origi as well , two positions covered and only one set of agreements with clubs to do

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