Pep Guardiola signed the England international from Leeds United last summer but Phillips has only made 22 appearances for the club in all competitions. So far this campaign, the 27-year-old has featured just once with a six-minute cameo against Fulham.
Phillips&apos opportunities have been hard to come by thanks to the form of Rodri in defensive midfield and this has led the Yorkshireman to settle for a place on the bench. However, according to the i newspaper, City&aposs midfielder could be allowed to leave on loan for the remainder of the campaign if his minutes do not increase between now and Christmas.
It is understood, should he be on the market in January, Newcastle United would be keen on adding him to their squad. Elsewhere, another Premier League rival reportedly entertained the idea of signing City youngster James McAtee on deadline day.