Premier League • England

Liverpool to collect third windfall with Nat Phillips ‘in talks’ over Premier League transfer

Steve Pearson
Liverpool centre-half Nat Phillips

Nat Phillips could generate Liverpool a third fee inside six months after entering talks over a permanent switch to Bournemouth, per a report.

Phillips will forever be something of a cult hero at Anfield for his manful displays in their time of need. Liverpool were in the midst of a debilitating injury crisis at the heart of their defence last year.

Ozan Kabak and Rhys Williams played their part, but it was Philips who stood up tallest, helping Liverpool to win eight and draw two of their final 10 matches to finish the campaign.

Without that purple patch the Reds would not have qualified for this season’s Champions League and would not be heading for the final in Paris later this month.

However, when the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip returned, Nat Phillips was pushed down the order. He bided his time before joining Bournemouth on loan in January, with the Cherries forking out a £1.5m loan fee.

Scott Parker’s side went on to achieve automatic promotion with Phillips a regular at the back. Liverpool recently received another payment of £250,000 due to a promotion clause in Phillips’ deal.

But according to the Express, a third fee of £8m could soon make its way to Anfield.

The newspaper report the 25-year-old is in talks over a permanent switch to Bournemouth.

Phillips could generate £9.75m in total

The Cherries did not insert an option to buy in the move, meaning a a deal must now be forged from scratch. £8m is the figure that will reportedly bring the Reds to the table, bringing the total cost to £9.75m.

Alternatively, another loan is a possibility, this time a season-long affair. But at present, a permanent exit appears most likely.

Phillips recently spoke about his plans and indicated he’d be on board with moving to the south coast for good.

“I want to continue playing regularly, week in, week out,” said Phillips. “Ideally in the Premier League. So we’ll see what happens in the summer.

“I can’t rule anything out. But ultimately it comes down to, it’s not just me. There’s various conversations that need to be had involving Bournemouth, Liverpool and whoever.

“So up until now we’ve been concentrating on just getting the job at hand done. Now that’s done, obviously Liverpool still have a few games left and a few big, important games left in their season to play.

“But we’ll see what happens in the summer. I’ve enjoyed my time so much. It’s nice, one of the main reasons I came here was because we had that objective of promotion and something to play towards and it’s a great feeling to finish the season and achieve that.

“It’s been brilliant. I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s been a real challenge, don’t get me wrong and this division is relentless. But I’ve enjoyed that challenge and I’ve enjoyed playing regular football.”

Nat Phillips to Bournemouth, yes or no?

A permanent switch appears to make perfect sense for all involved.

Bournemouth know what they’ll be getting through his loan spell and Phillips already has top flight experience in his locker.

Liverpool have Van Dijk, Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez on the books. The chances of Phillips ever featuring regularly in red again are next to nil.

£8m wouldn’t be a bank-breaker for Bournemouth and would also represent a tidy windfall for the Reds.