Aston Villa have been fully involved in adding strength to their team during this transfer window, with it being the first for Steven Gerrard to make his additions to the squad.
He’s already secured Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho, but the manager doesn’t look to be finished yet, with many players linked with a move to the club over the last week of the window, with an Axel Tuanzebe replacement on the cards next.
According to Football Insider, Aston Villa could sign Nathaniel Phillips from Liverpool in a matter of days, with former Arsenal striker, Kevin Campbell, giving his opinion on the potential move.
Campbell told Football Insider: “Phillips is definitely a player who can go to Aston Villa and do his thing, it can definitely happen.
“Look, getting a centre-half through the door isn’t rocket science. You want them to be able to do their job, and you want them to fit in with the team seamlessly.
“Nat Phillips seems to be a good pro, so it may just work. Steven Gerrard knows him and knows Liverpool as well.”
Aston Villa have been linked to the Liverpool defender throughout the transfer window, with West Ham United also reportedly interested in securing the 24 year old’s signature.
Phillips, who was hailed a “monster” by manager Jurgen Klopp, became an integral part of the makeshift Liverpool squad last season, when the side was down with an injury crisis to their backline which resulted in Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip all injured for large parts of the season, causing the Merseyside club to fall as far as eighth in the league at one point.
The £7.2m-rated defender became a consistent performer at the beginning of last year, putting in the hard work needed to take Liverpool from 8th to 3rd in just ten games at the end of last term.
He won the majority of his duels, which ultimately played a part in the side winning eight matches at the back end of the term and that has now earned him interest from other Premier League clubs looking to fill a gap.
Villa are in need of a central defender and are currently down to just two fit centre-halves since Ezri Konsa sustained an injury and Tuanzebe left the club earlier this month, with Phillips looking like the perfect replacement to come in and do a job for the Villains to continue their pursuit for a finish in the top half this season.
Phillips has fallen out of favour at Anfield now that the starting defenders have returned to the side without a single appearance in the Premier League, so he would definitely be keen for first team football, especially working with a Liverpool legend like Gerrard. Therefore, it could be the perfect move for the defender that can mutually benefit both parties.
With only a week left to go in the transfer window it will be interesting to see if Villa’s Sporting Director, Johan Lange, makes a formal approach.
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