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Sport Liverpool REJECT £7m offer for Nat Phillips as Reds hold out for £15m

02:45  07 january  2022
02:45  07 january  2022 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Liverpool have rejected a £7million bid from an unnamed Premier League club for defender Nat Phillips as they hold out for £15m.

The 24-year-old defender revealed his desire to leave Anfield last month as he seeks regular first-team football.

Phillips played a key role for boss Jurgen Klopp last season when the Reds were decimated by injuries in defence with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all out for large parts of the campaign.

 Liverpool have turned down an offer of £7million for 24-year-old centre back Nat Phillips © Provided by Daily Mail Liverpool have turned down an offer of £7million for 24-year-old centre back Nat Phillips

While Sportsmail understands it is a bid from a Premier League side that has been rejected, Sky have detailed that the centre back is generating interest in Italy from clubs in Serie A.

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The Italian top flight has become a popular landing spot for Premier League players in recent years with Chris Smalling, Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen among those to have made the move in recent years.

Phillips, who has been sidelined as he recovered from a fractured cheekbone, sustained against AC Milan in the Champions League last month, is now looking to sort his future and find a move that provides regular minutes.

Phillips has made three appearances this season after falling out of favour under Jurgen Klopp © Provided by Daily Mail Phillips has made three appearances this season after falling out of favour under Jurgen Klopp

He made 17 league appearances last season amid that aforementioned injury crisis and that form, which saw him strike a partnership alongside Rhys Williams at the back, saw him sign a new contract in August.

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While that contract runs through until 2025, Phillips has made just three senior appearances so far this season, none of which have come in the Premier League, and he is pushing for a fresh start.

'I want to be playing games. It's been tough because the competition to get in this team is fierce,' Phillips told Sky Sports in December.

'The manager and I agree that the best thing for me is to play as many games as possible. I think you saw last year I developed well.

Phillips (right) struck a partnership with Rhys Williams (middle) amid an injury crisis last year © Provided by Daily Mail Phillips (right) struck a partnership with Rhys Williams (middle) amid an injury crisis last year

'I'm going to see what comes along [in January] and go from there. I think at this moment in time it's unlikely that I'll be playing lots of games for Liverpool, so if an opportunity arises where I get the chance to do that somewhere else and it suits everyone then it's certainly something I'd be interested in.

'I've had the exposure and experience in the Premier League and the Champions League. So maybe those situations where you're new and nervy, I've gone through that phase. I'll be ready straight away to get involved and play.'

Liverpool, who are currently battling a Covid outbreak which forced the closure of their training ground this week, are believed to be in no rush to seal exits for players on the periphery of Klopp's first team.

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Virals: West Ham are 'long-term admirers' of Liverpool defender Nat Phillips .
West Ham have been billed as ‘long-term admirers’ of Liverpool defender Nat Phillips. The 24-year-old looks almost certain to leave Anfield during the January transfer window after the Merseyside club recalled centre-back, Rhys Williams, from a loan at Swansea City. Continuous linked with the Hammers, David Moyes’ search for a defensive addition may be set to heat up. According to a report from Goal, as cited by Neil Jones on Twitter, the Irons remain in the frame to land Phillips. Liverpool set to recall Rhys Williams from loan spell at Swansea, with Nat Phillips expected to leave before end of transfer window. Watford have had loan-to-buy offer turned down.

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