Leeds’ plan for Phillips could see Forshaw depart

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According to the Daily Star, Leeds United have a plan in mind which will help them keep hold of Kalvin Phillips this summer.

The midfielder has been targeted by numerous Premier League clubs, but Aston Villa seem to be the frontrunners for his signature at the moment.

The 23-year-old was key to the Whites’ promotion push last term, having played 44 games in the league, so it is clear to see why the Yorkshire outfit are so keen on keeping their homegrown star.

What’s the story?

The Daily Star state that Leeds have come up with a plan to keep Kalvin Phillips at the club by selling less important players.

There are a few players who you could safely say are going to be in danger if this policy is implemented. Returning loanees such as Vurnon Anita and Hadi Sacko have both reportedly been told they can go, but a man who was a bit-part player last term may also be set to leave.

Forshaw could go

The article states that Leeds could let some of their ‘less key’ players go, and the 5 ft 9 midfielder certainly fits into that bracket.

He was a decent squad player, but he completed a full 90 minutes just 19 times last campaign, so he is rather expendable in Bielsa’s side.

With the emergence of Jamie Shackleton, the former Middlesbrough man could find minutes on the pitch even harder to come by next term.

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With Fulham reportedly interested, this transfer plan which Leeds are hoping will help them keep Phillips seems to point towards the departure of the 27-year-old.

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