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’They are a rival’: Sky pundit backs £42m star to secure transfer to Newcastle United

Clinton Morrison has backed Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United to sign Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City to replace the banned Sandro Tonali. 

Newcastle United’s big-money summer transfer has been handed a 10-month ban after illegal betting charges and will return to competitive action on 27 August 2024, as confirmed by the club’s official website.

That puts the Champions League side in a spot of bother and many are looking towards the January transfer window for the team to look for answers.

Former Premier League striker Clinton Morrison thinks that Kalvin Phillips from Manchester City would be a ‘good addition’ for Newcastle United, as he told Sky Sports News.

But he questioned if Pep Guardiola would allow his £42 million midfielder (Sky Sports) to move to St James’ Park because he considers them a rival. 

The Magpies finished in the Champions League places last season and they are competing near the top of the table, so it’s a fair point being made.

Kalvin Phillips to Newcastle

“Why not Phillips at Manchester City?” said Morrison. “He needs to be playing football. You have the Euros coming up at the end of the season.

“I think he would be a good addition to that Newcastle team – but Phillips fits the bill to go to Newcastle. Just sit there and let the likes of Bruno Guimaraes go and play. He is a fantastic footballer. So, yes, if Phillips becomes available, then it would be a good deal.

“The only thing I worry about is. Would Pep let him go? Look at Newcastle and think ‘they are a rival’. Will he let one of his players go? We will have to wait and see. But he would be a good fit for Newcastle.”

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Kalvin Phillips’ game time

When the 27-year-old was at Leeds United, he showcased to the world what he was about and earned rave reviews from many.

The quality is there from the ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’, it’s just a case of earning those regular starts in order to get his engine going again.

Whether it’s Newcastle or elsewhere, one thing is for sure, Phillips needs to leave Man City because he just isn’t getting the game time that he needs.

That was proven when Rodri was suspended, with the likes of Rico Lewis, Bernardo Silva and John Stones all playing in front of him in that defensive-minded midfield role.

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