Geo has been speaking on the Hammers Chat YouTube channel about what could benefit West Ham United when it comes to potentially trying to sign Nat Phillips.
West Ham have been dealing with a defensive crisis in the last few weeks with both Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma picking up long-term setbacks, and that may well have been for all to see when they shipped two goals as they fell to defeat in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
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The Evening Standard has claimed that the Hammers are now very much trying to push through a £10m deal for Phillips, although the Liverpool centre-back is currently out injured himself and has not featured in a league game all season, but this could well play into West Ham’s hands as the defender cannot play at the moment to up his market value.
Geo believes that Phillips’ injury and lack of game time is actually a good thing for the Hammers.
“Nat Phillips is out injured, however, he’s only out for a few weeks, so he’ll actually be fit again come January. If West Ham’s interest in him is genuine, this actually helps West Ham, I think – because he can’t play between now and then, which means he can’t impress Jurgen Klopp, which means his transfer value can’t go up; his importance to Liverpool can’t increase, either.
“So he’s sort of stuck a little bit and I think that actually gives anyone that’s interested in buying Nat Philips a bit of an advantage.”
TIF Thoughts on Phillips…
If the reports are correct and West Ham can get Phillips for just £10m, then surely it’s a deal they have to at least look into, as last season, he was fully trusted by Jurgen Klopp to start the majority of games during the back-end of the campaign as he helped get the club into the top four.
Against Arsenal on Wednesday evening, West Ham started with Craig Dawson and Issa Diop at centre-back, with the latter having started just three league games this campaign, which shows how desperate David Moyes is now getting at the centre of defence. So if he was able to prise away someone with Premier League and Champions League experience, it would be nothing but a positive move for the club.