£45m England star now ‘one to assess’ at St James’ Park

Newcastle United will not be signing Manchester City and England international Kalvin Phillips in January, but the midfielder’s situation could be assessed if the Premier League champions make an addition in that area next summer, transfer insider Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport.

Eddie Howe will be hoping that PIF can provide the head coach with more top-quality additions when the transfer window opens next month.

Newcastle transfer news – Kalvin Phillips

Newcastle were interested in adding Phillips to their squad ahead of the summer transfer window at the back end of last season, but the midfielder went on to leave Leeds United for £45m in favour of City rather than making the move to the north east.

The Magpies would go on to spend a big proportion of their transfer budget on the £60m signing of Real Sociedad and Sweden striker Alexander Isak, alongside the £35m addition of Lille and Netherlands U21 centre-back Sven Botman.

Meanwhile, Phillips, who has been described as a “top player” by pundit Joleon Lescott, has struggled to get a regular run of games under his belt at City, having suffered a shoulder injury which has restricted him to just four appearances across the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup this season, according to Transfermarkt.

The Toon have enjoyed a fantastic start to the Premier League campaign, currently sitting in a top-four spot which would secure qualification for next season’s Champions League, something which Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor told GiveMeSport would be a game-changer in the side’s standing in the transfer market.

And whilst Jones doesn’t believe that Phillips will be leaving the Etihad Stadium just yet, the club’s interest in Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham could open the door for Newcastle to make a play for the former Leeds man in the summer.

What has Jones said about Newcastle and Phillips?

When talking about the possibility of Newcastle signing the 27-year-old in January, Jones told GiveMeSport: “Phillips won’t be going anywhere just yet. I think that is one to assess at the end of the season if City do manage to make a significant signing in that area.”

Who could Newcastle sign in January?

Whilst Phillips may not be an option for now, Newcastle have got their sights set on multiple targets for the January window.

According to The Telegraph, the Magpies are adjusting their transfer plans for January to make room for a midfield playmaker, with Leicester City and Belgium’s Youri Tielemans linked with a move alongside Brighton and Hove Albion and Ecuador star Moisés Caicedo.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail states that Howe’s side are interested in a deal for out-of-contract Chelsea and Italy star Jorginho, whilst AS (via the Daily Express) have linked Barcelona and Netherlands forward Memphis Depay with a move to St. James’ Park in the new year.

Whilst January looks set to be the third busy transfer window in a row for Newcastle, it seems that Howe will have to wait until at least the summer if he is to tempt Manchester City into selling Phillips to the north east club.

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