West Ham ‘join the race’ for Man City midfielder Kalvin Phillips and more transfer rumours

That is according to a report by Football Insider, which claims the Hammers have joined Newcastle United in the hunt to sign the England international. Phillips has been strongly linked with the prospect of an exit from the Etihad Stadium ahead of the January transfer window opening in six weeks&apos time.

Signed from Leeds United in July 2022, the defensive midfielder, who was an unused substitute in England&aposs 2-0 win over Malta on Friday night, has failed to establish himself as a key member of manager Pep Guardiola&aposs plans. He has made just 29 appearances for the club, including only eight so far this season.

Phillips, who will turn 28 next month, has got to consider his immediate future at the club because of next summer&aposs European Championship in Germany, though he has continued to be selected by England manager Gareth Southgate in recent months. He has played just four times in the Premier League so far this term, appearing as a substitute on each occasion.

City, according to the report, are &aposready to listen to offers&apos for the midfielder, meaning it is highly likely he will be offloaded in January. Newcastle have been linked with his signature for several months.

However, as per the report, they look set to face competition from West Ham, who are &aposkeen&apos to lure him to the London Stadium. It is claimed they view him as a potential replacement for Tomas Soucek, whose current deal is up at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are said to be &aposdetermined&apos to sign City defender Joao Cancelo on a permanent deal. That is according to a report by Football Espana, which claims the Spanish giants want to get a deal tied up in 2024.