Man City midfielder makes Newcastle United transfer admission

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Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been speaking about the transfer options open to him last month.

Newcastle United had identified Phillips as a top target in the winter window but distanced themselves from a deal following Man City's demands of a £7million loan fee for the England international. West Ham United eventually swooped in to complete a loan move for the 28-year-old until the end of the season, paying a loan fee and 100% of the player's wages.

Following the move, Phillips reflected on a conversation he had with England manager Gareth Southgate. "I spoke to him about a few teams," Phillips said. "Juventus were there, I think they were going to leave it until the last minute. I mentioned Newcastle, which could have been a possibility. I knew that West Ham would probably come in a bit later.

“He told me that he wasn’t going to tell me what to do but he said the Premier League is a lot more difficult, a more competitive league. He said to be playing in the Premier League versus playing anywhere else, it’s just that little bit of a step down in quality.

"So yeah, he influenced me to stay in England. And when West Ham came in, I thought it was the right place to go. It was just the size of the club and the manager [David Moyes] influenced me a lot. He told me he’d wanted me for the last few transfer windows. I felt like if I wasn’t going to play at City, I want to go to a club where I’m wanted.

"Not that City didn’t want me but I wanted to go somewhere where the manager was really keen and where he really wanted me. I spoke as well to Declan [Rice, England midfielder and former West Ham captain] and he said it’s a massive family club. That’s what I’m all about. I want to feel like I’m at home wherever I go."