Leeds face losing Kalvin Philllips with Sheffield United plotting £20m transfer

Sheffield United are reportedly eyeing a £20m move for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, provided the Blades secure European football.

Chris Wilder’s men have defied all expectations in their debut Premier League campaign and currently sit sixth, joint on points with Tottenham Hotspur.

Just four points behind Chelsea in fourth, Sheffield United are well placed to secure Europa League football and, after Manchester City were slapped with a two season European ban by UEFA, they could yet qualify for the Champions League.

Either way, European football would leave Wilder needing to add to his squad, given the extra games that would entail, and the Sun are reporting that he is interested in signing Phillips.

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The 24-year-old has been in excellent form with Leeds this season and has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League outfits, including the likes of Manchester United, Wolves and Burnley.

He has recently signed a new contract to extend his stay at Elland Road and the man dubbed the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ by the Leeds faithful has been adamant that he wants to get to the Premier League with his hometown club.

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They are still on course to go up automatically, with Leeds currently sat second in the Championship, but Sheffield United are hoping the potential lure of European football will prove too tempting to turn down.

The Blades missed the chance to leapfrog Spurs into fifth over the weekend after only managing a draw against relegation threatened Brighton.

However Wilder was full of praise for his players, saying: “It’s only a very, very slight tinge of disappointment, that’s all that is.

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“The players couldn’t have given me anything more and couldn’t have done anything more. The drive was brilliant. It was disappointing, obviously, to concede after going in front.

“We found a way two weeks ago against Bournemouth but unfortunately today we couldn’t find a way. I thought we moved the ball around really well and I enjoyed watching my team play.

“I said to the players I was absolutely delighted with what I saw. A draw doesn’t hurt me at all.”

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