The former England international endured a dreadful season with the Villains last time out as they meekly succumbed to relegation into the Championship for the first ever time.
Despite being heralded as a huge prospect earlier on in his career, the 28-year-old has struggled to embark on the upward trajectory many had predicted for him.
Having not signed a single senior player yet, the Humberside outfit were widely tipped as relegation fodder at the start of the campaign.
Manager Steve Bruce left the KCOM as the club geared up for a return to the top flight under acrimonious circumstances, amid an injury crisis also dogging the Championship play-off winners.
Still, Phelan has so far presided over two wins in the opening two fixtures, including an opening day victory against Premier League champions Leicester City.
In an attempt to bolster his ranks, he is said to be eyeing a season-long loan move for the Premier League winner in time for the game with Manchester United.
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