Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips would be a “classic Spurs type signing” but might be too expensive for the Londoners, according to former Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown.
Phillips has been one of Leeds’ standout players under Marcelo Bielsa, making 30 Championship appearances so far this season. The 24-year-old’s performances have reportedly attracted interest from Tottenham.
Earlier this month, we relayed a Football Insider story that claimed Spurs will act on their interest if Leeds fail to secure promotion to the Premier League. Bielsa’s men are currently second in the Championship and have a good chance of finishing runners-up, which would see them go up automatically.
In any case, Brown – who played for both Tottenham and Leeds during his playing career – believes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy might balk at Leeds’ valuation of Phillips.
“I think his development under Bielsa has been fantastic so hopefully he can do it with Leeds United but unfortunately, the key is Phillips will not be with Leeds United next season if they don’t get promoted,” Brown told Football Insider.
“You look at some clubs, they’re paying £20 million at the top of the pitch for players coming out of the Championship but for a midfield player, it’s a really big call to go over that figure.
“It’s a classic Spurs type signing, a young player who they can develop but the fee might be a little bit rich for Spurs and Daniel (Levy).”
Tottenham will surely be in the market for a defensive midfielder this summer. Harry Winks has impressed recently but doesn’t offer enough protection in front of the back four, while Eric Dier has looked way off the pace throughout the campaign.
With that in mind, Phillips would be a logical signing. But as Brown mentions, the possibility of a deal materialising may come down to whether Levy is willing to pay up.