PL rivals eyeing move for Liverpool 24-year-old defender

Burnley and Newcastle United are reportedly ready to battle for Liverpool defender Nat Phillips.

It is reported that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has set aside £50m for Bruce in the summer, and the Magpies will go in pursuit of the Gunners forward Joe Willock and Liverpool’s centre-back Nat Phillips.

The 24-year-old was given his opportunity by the Merseyside Reds during the 2020-21 season as the Liverpool boss faced an injury crisis in the heart of his backline, and Phillips stepped up to play 20 games in all competitions.

The Englishman’s performances helped the Reds secure Champions League football for next campaign and Bruce is reportedly willing to put in a £10m in order to lure him away from Anfield, while Scan Dyche also keen on working with him.

Burnley defender James Tarkowski has been rumoured with a move to West Ham United, and should that deal materialise it will leave the Clarets with significant funds to enter a bidding war with Newcastle for Phillips.

After graduating from Liverpool’s youth side, Phillips made his senior debut in January 2020 and has gone on to play 21 games for Klopp’s side.