Phillips will 'slot in' at West Ham after 'soul destroying' Man City stay

The Telegraph's Luke Edwards has been discussing the ongoing transfer negotiations between West Ham United and Manchester City for midfielder Kalvin Phillips, on the Transfer Gossip Daily podcast: "It is the signing that everyone thought had to happen this month. All the alarms were going off. Phillips had a manager that was saying he didn't fit into his plans and he said on international duty in November that he may have to consider his future. I think Kalvin Phillips has cut quite a sad figure - sitting on the bench not playing is quite soul destroying.

"I think he has to go. I think it's the right thing for City. I know they would love to chance their arm a little bit and get the maximum amount of money, but £6m or £7m for a player who is on loan for five months isn't great value for money.

"He just needs to play. He has tried at Manchester City. It didn't work for him in the first season and I totally understand why he said he wanted to fight for his place in the summer, but it still hasn't worked out for him. I just hope he gets that move.

"West Ham are the most advanced [club interested]. I think it's a good move for him because they are having a really good season. It's not like he is going to a struggling team, I think that would've been his other worry."

Listen to the full podcast on BBC Sounds