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Why West Ham are not likely to sign Liverpool’s Nat Phillips

Why West Ham are not likely to sign Liverpool’s Nat Phillips

West Ham’s injury issues

West Ham United have had a superb start to the 2021/22 campaign.

The Hammers are currently 5th in the Premier League, and have picked up some impressive wins over Liverpool and Chelsea.

However, both of those victories came at a price to their backline. First, versus Liverpool, Angelo Ogbonna would suffer a knee injury, which has since ruled him out for the season.

Then, after seeing off Chelsea, Kurt Zouma suffered an injury which could keep him out for up to 12 weeks.

With West Ham fighting for a top-four spot and still going strong in Europe, the club cannot really afford to have two key senior central defenders out of action.

Why West Ham are not likely to sign Liverpool’s Nat Phillips

ROMFORD, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on March 6, 2020 in Romford, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

So, a recent report from the Evening Standard which assured that the Irons had green-lit a January move for a centre-back was not at all surprising.

One of the names said to be of interest to West Ham, meanwhile, was Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips.

This was followed by a further report which claimed that the capital club still wanted to sign Phillips despite his recent injury set-back.

West Ham to sign a left-footer?

In turn, given the fact that the stopper is a fringe option at Liverpool, and West Ham are in desperate need of a centre-back, a deal in January did seem likely.

However, a fresh report from The Athletic on Friday has explained why Phillips is unlikely to make the move to the London Stadium.

The reason behind this is that West Ham’s current centre-backs are, for the most part, right-footed. As a result, ideally, they will sign a left-footer, which Phillips is not.

It is added that Nice’s Flavius Daniliuc is on West Ham’s radar.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 22 41 56
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

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Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6