Liverpool Transfer News: According to Football Insider, Watford has taken the first formal step in the competition to acquire Nathaniel Phillips, with the club announcing their intention to sign the player.
The Premier League club has submitted a £7 million proposal for the defender. He is expected to depart Anfield in the coming months.
Liverpool, on the other hand, seems to have rejected the Hornets’ offer. They are now demanding a sum of at least £12 million in exchange for the player.
Speculation about Watford’s interest in the defender surfaced barely a day before the news was published.
The reports suggest that Phillips will be a major target for Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. He is looking for defensive signings in January to help his club avoid relegation during the second part of the season.
This season, the Hornets have been plagued by injuries, especially on the defensive end of the field.
Ranieri has been forced to join the market for a new central defender as a result of this. According to reports earlier this month, the former Leicester City manager was interested in signing Chelsea misfit Malang Sarr. However, it looks he is more interested in signing Phillips.
Formerly of the Bolton junior program, the 24-year-old had made a strong impression last season by filling in admirably for Liverpool’s ailing defence in the absence of three of the trio of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, and Virgil van Dijk.
He made a total of 17 games in the Premier League. He was instrumental in ensuring that the team finished in the top four positions.
Liverpool Transfer News: What will Liverpool decide?
But the return of great players, along with the summer acquisition of Ibrahima Konate, has resulted in Phillips being pushed down the pecking order in recent weeks.
Because the defender has yet to appear in a single Premier League game this season, there have been doubts over his long-term future at the club.
Premier League teams West Ham United and Newcastle United have shown an interest in signing Phillips. He has been granted permission by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to leave the club.
Liverpool, on the other hand, has no intention of unloading Phillips in a bargain-basement deal in January. Particularly after committing to a new four-year contract with him in the summer.
The club’s £12 million price tag may seem excessive considering the present economic backdrop. This is exacerbated by the lingering flu pandemic. So it will be interesting to watch if Watford or any other interested parties come back with a better offer for the 24-year-old, who is more than ready to take the next step in his professional career.