Kalvin Phillips is expected to join West Ham on a loan from Manchester City until the end of the season. While the deal is not yet complete, the midfielder has already confirmed his move to London Stadium.
It is currently uncertain if West Ham will have the opportunity to purchase Phillips. They are paying his weekly salary of £140,000, but discussions about a potential purchase are still ongoing. West Ham will factor in their financial fair play status when determining if they can financially commit to keeping Phillips permanently.
The temporary agreement is anticipated to be finalized by the conclusion of the week. Phillips will return from vacation on Tuesday and is scheduled to have a medical examination on Thursday. He was sought after by Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Fulham, and Juventus, but West Ham has made the most significant effort.
David Moyes has held a strong admiration for Phillips for quite some time and attempted to acquire him from Leeds in the past. However, the 28-year-old joined City in the summer of 2022 but has struggled to adjust to Pep Guardiola’s style. He has yet to make a start in a Premier League match this season and requires consistent playing time in order to secure a spot on England’s team for Euro 2024.
Gareth Southgate, the manager of England, has remained committed to Phillips. He will be in competition with Edson Álvarez, Tomas Soucek, and James Ward-Prowse at West Ham. Despite the signings of Álvarez and Ward-Prowse after West Ham sold Declan Rice to Arsenal for £105m last summer, Moyes believes he still needs more midfield coverage.
West Ham is still searching for a left-sided attacker as Lucas Paquetá is currently out with a calf injury. Originally, they planned to acquire a center-back during this month.