Following their relegation from the Champions League, Newcastle United have made Kalvin Phillips their ‘priority’ for the January transfer window, according to sources.
Eddie Howe’s side were eliminated from the group stage after falling 2-1 at home to AC Milan on Wednesday. After finishing bottom of Group F, they will have no European football until Christmas, and their attention will now be entirely on retaining a top-four spot.
The Magpies have been hampered by injury issues this season, and defensive midfielder Sandro Tonali has been banned for ten months for violating the Italian FA’s betting restrictions. According to i News, Phillips has been chosen as the guy to fill the void.
Phillips scored his first goal for Manchester City from the penalty spot in the club’s 3-2 win over Crvena Zvezda on Wednesday, but he is expected to leave in January. Pep Guardiola apologised to the former Leeds United player after admitting he didn’t see him in the team and that his minutes have been reduced once more.
Howe denied earlier this week that Newcastle had already agreed on a contract for the 28-year-old. When asked if a deal for Phillips was close, he answered, “That’s not correct.”
Elsewhere, According to Turkish publication A Haber (via Sport Witness), Galatasaray may offer to loan Sergio Gomez in January.
Gomez, like Phillips, has been deprived of consistent action this season, appearing in only 255 minutes across all competitions. The 23-year-old could depart the Etihad in quest of more regular playing time.
Galatasaray qualified for the Europa League knockout stages after placing third in their Champions League group on Tuesday. They plan to strengthen in January and have shown interest in borrowing money from Gomez until 2025.