West Ham’s previous transfer target Kalvin Philips is understood to be nearing the exit at Manchester City, it has been reported.

The England midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to east London for some time, with an expectation being previously that Philips would be the natural successor to Declan Rice when he departed in the summer.

A move however failed to materialise, as it was reported that Philips had decided to remain in Manchester and fight for his place under Pep Guardiola.

However, now according to reports, Philips has accepted his future lies elsewhere, and could even depart the Citizens as soon as Janaury, with the club aiming to recoup all of the £45m they paid Leeds United for the player back in 2022.

“The door could open for West Ham to sign Kalvin Phillips in January with the Man City star now ready to consider an exit,” it has been reported in the Football Insider.

“West Ham and Newcastle are among the top Premier League sides to be linked with a potential move in recent days. It is believed Phillips would consider those clubs as viable destinations with both sides playing European football this term.”

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