Aston Villa are readying a final take-it-or-leave-it approach for Kalvin Phillips, by offering Leeds their pick of three stars as part of the deal.
Phillips, 23, has been the subject of an approach from Villa this summer following Leeds’ failed bid to return to the Premier League last season.
However, reports then emerged suggesting that Leeds have slapped a £30m price tag on their homegrown star given his importance to manager Marcelo Bielsa and in a bid to ward off the Premier League new boys.
Reports over the weekend suggested Villa’s opening offer for the player was as low as £11million – some way short of Leeds’ valuation – though we can now reveal that Dean Smith’s side have tried to supplement that by offering Leeds the chance to sign a number of their unwanted stars as part of the package.
And despite signing a new deal at the club just last week, we can reveal that Smith is prepared to sacrifice Irish midfielder Connor Hourihane as part of his efforts to land Phillips, with out-of-favour stars Henri Lansbury and James Bree amongst those also on offer.
Leeds, however, are unlikely to be interested in the potential swap and still hope to reach agreement with Phillips over a new deal.
Phillips is reported to have rejected the club’s first offer, but it seems an agreement is close to being reached with the homegrown star set to be elevated to among the club’s highest earners as a result.
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