Watford are making a concrete move for Liverpool defender Nat Phillips under the orders of Claudio Ranieri, according to a report.
Nat Phillips will be in demand during the January transfer window after falling out of favour at Liverpool. He surpassed expectations last season when filling in during an injury crisis. But with Liverpool’s senior defenders all back now, chances have been limited.
It had even been thought that Phillips could leave in the summer, but he ultimately signed a new contract instead in something of a surprise move.
Now, just half a year later, exit links are resurfacing for the 24-year-old. He is yet to feature in the Premier League this season, starting once in the Champions League and making one substitute appearance apiece in the European competition and the Carabao Cup.
It has led him to reconsider his stance on his Liverpool future. He confessed recently that he would consider a move away from the club so he can get more gametime.
Interest in his services has been building from Premier League clubs aware of what he can do. A recent report from Sky Sports also suggested there were suitors in Serie A.
Staying in England seems more likely for Phillips, though, and a fresh report from Football Insider has clarified another club who could make a move for him.
The online outlet claims Watford are ready to make their move for Phillips to help their fight against relegation. The Bolton-born ace has reportedly been requested as a Watford target by their head coach Ranieri.
Phillips fits the bill as Watford look for a new centre-back. A deal for Samir of Udinese is also about to go through, but Phillips may be an additional reinforcement.
He impressed across 17 Premier League appearances last season, building up a good grounding of experience. Sadly, he has been unable to consolidate his status at Liverpool since.
Liverpool asking price for Nat Phillips clarified
Sky Sports suggested Phillips has already been the subject of a £7m offer from an unnamed English club. They claimed Liverpool are instead holding out for a fee closer to £15m.
But according to Football Insider, the actual asking price for Phillips is £12m. What’s…