Fees revealed after Liverpool reject two Prem approaches to sanction Champ loan; twist as second star heads elsewhere

Nat Phillips, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

The fees that Liverpool will receive have been revealed after Nat Phillips completed his loan move to Bournemouth on deadline day.

News of Nat Phillips’ future was one of the dominant themes in the January transfer window for Liverpool. They were yet to give him a Premier League appearance this season.

It marked a major contrast to last term, when he stood out in the absence of their injured centre-backs.

But following the returns to fitness of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, plus the summer signing of Ibrahima Konate, Phillips only made three cup appearances before his loan exit.

Championship promotion hopefuls Bournemouth emerged as his most likely takers on Monday. It came as something of a surprise, given that he had Premier League interest too.

But the move became official on deadline day, meaning Phillips will spend the rest of the season on the south coast.

According to Goal reporter Neil Jones, Bournemouth are paying £1.5m for the loan of the 24-year-old.

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In addition, Liverpool will be entitled to an additional payment of £250,000 if the Cherries are promoted.

Either way, Phillips could be back in the Premier League again next season. He remains under contract with Liverpool until 2025.

Jones also confirmed there were opportunities for Phillips to see out the season in the top flight. Liverpool reportedly rejected moves from Watford and Leicester on deadline day.

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Watford wanted a loan-to-buy offer to be accepted, whereas Leicester – who have suffered from several injuries at the back – preferred a dry loan.

But Liverpool deemed it best to send Phillips down to the second tier.

Neco Williams doesn’t follow Nat Phillips

It was thought before the move became official that right-back Neco Williams would be making the same switch.

Neco Williams, Jordan Henderson Liverpool TEAMtalk

The academy graduate has struggled for gametime at Anfield and Bournemouth wanted to add him to their promotion charge.

But Liverpool confirmed instead that Williams has been sent to Fulham for the rest of the season.

The Cottagers also want to win promotion back to the top flight and were in negotiations with Liverpool over Fabio Carvalho too.

Liverpool wanted to sign the teenager and loan him back to Fulham for the rest of the season. But they could not get the deal done before the deadline and should return for him when he is a free agent in the summer.

Still, there has been scope for business between the two clubs. Williams has signed up for the Championship league leaders on loan until the end of the season.

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