Phil Hay’s latest update is in keeping with Leeds’ reported plan to keep star man

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Phil Hay has once again given a transfer update on Leeds United, and this one could have huge implications.

There are set to be some outgoings from the Yorkshire club, but these sales could help Marcelo Bielsa’s side keep hold of one of their most important players.

What’s the story?

Earlier this week it was reported by The Daily Star that Leeds were planning on selling some of their less important players so that they can keep hold of Kalvin Phillips next season, with the deep-lying midfielder an Aston Villa target.

Just a few days after that report was published, Hay took to Twitter to provide updates on multiple players who would be leaving the club. He stated that Hadi Sacko, Yosuke Ideguchi and Caleb Ekuban would all be on their way out of Elland Road.

Helping them keep Phillips

The Daily Star stated that the club’s plan to keep Phillips is to move on some less important players.

The aforementioned trio certainly fit into that bracket as all three of them spent last season out on loan.

Hay’s most recent claim fits with what the paper had been saying, and the sale of these three players could help Leeds keep hold of Phillips.

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Shifting deadwood allows the Whites to receive transfer fees and open up some space in their wage budget as well, meaning that they wouldn’t be as reliant on the money they would receive if they sold the 23-year-old.

It’s unknown what these players will be sold for, but it’s been rumoured that Ekuban is on his way for around €1m (£900k), and although the fee may seem small they all add up to help aid Leeds’ grand plan.

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