Leeds United have been linked with Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips as they prepare for life in the Championship next season following their relegation from the Premier League.
The development – reported by The Athletic – comes as the Whites currently find themselves managerless, the only side in the second tier to be so aside from Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
They are also without a permanent director of football, but have appointed Nick Hammond to fill the position of interim football advisor for the summer transfer window period.
The pathway Leeds now take as a club will – the supporters hope – be made more clear when an American consortium unified under the 49ers Enterprises banner complete their long-awaited takeover of the West Yorkshire outfit, a move which is expected to be completed by the end of this week at the latest.
This uncertainty surrounding the Whites’ future has not deterred them from inquiring into players regarding their availability for transfer however, as is the case with Phillips, who Leeds are reported to be interested in “irrespective of their head coach and sporting director appointments”.
Interestingly, current favourite for the Elland Road hot seat Daniel Farke has been interested in signing Phillips in the past when he was head coach at Norwich City.
Liverpool are understood to be looking for a fee of up to £10m for the 26-year-old, who is under contract with Jurgen Klopp’s side until 2025.
Phillips has limited top-flight experience having made just 29 appearances for Liverpool since making his debut in 2020, but most notably helped Bournemouth secure promotion from the Championship during the 2021/22 season through a loan move for the second half of the campaign.