Report: Everton want to sign £42m treble winner Kalvin Phillips this January

Everton are reportedly interested in signing Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips this January.

The 27-year-old midfielder joined Manchester City for £42m from Leeds United just last summer but has struggled to make an impact during Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning campaign.

Indeed, the midfielder has made just 13 Premier League appearances for City since his July 2022 move to Manchester and has only started in League Cup fixtures so far this season.

A January exit now looks likely, and Everton are reportedly weighing up a move for the former Leeds United player, with a loan deal a possibility.

That is according to inews, who report that Newcastle United could also be interested in a move for the England international in the New Year.

Phillips would be a brilliant if not unlikely addition to Everton starting XI

Phillips has struggled for minutes since his move to Manchester City and has fallen further down the pecking order since the league champions recruited Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes in the summer.

Indeed, Rodri’s recent suspension could have seen Phillips provided with an opportunity to establish himself in City’s starting XI, but Pep Guardiola’s decision to play youngster Rico Lewis ahead of the 27-year-old was extremely telling.

There is no doubt of Phillips’ quality and he is a wasted talent sat on Manchester City’s bench so if he is available on loan during the January transfer window, Everton should be all over it.

With a European Championships scheduled to take place next summer, surely Phillips will want to be in Gareth Southgate’s plans and with England’s strength in depth in midfield, he will need game time this season to guarantee a seat on the plane.

The midfielder was outstanding for both Leeds United and England during Euro 2020, where he picked up the Men’s Player of the Year.

If Everton can secure a loan deal and he can rediscover his previous form, Kalvin Phillips would be an excellent singing.

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