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Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips 'remains a target for David Moyes' as West Ham look to bolster their defence before the transfer window shuts to aid their push for a top four finish

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2022-01-24

Liverpool centre-back Nat Phillips is reportedly still on West Ham's radar heading into the final week of the transfer window.

The Irons are looking to strengthen their backline before next Monday's deadline after losing Angelo Ogbonna to a season-ending knee injury back in November.

It was revealed last month that the east London club were set to target Phillips in the January transfer window, and they are still keen on the 24-year-old, according to the Evening Standard.

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West Ham could make a move for Liverpool's Nat Phillips before the transfer window closes
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David Moyes reportedly wants to bring in a centre-back, and Phillips has emerged as a target

Their cause could be helped by Phillips' stance on his future as the defender is believed to be seeking a move away from Anfield this month to get more game time.

He has not featured for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, and appears to be behind Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez in the pecking order for the Reds.

This is despite his impressive performances in the second half of last season when he helped Jurgen Klopp's men finish inside the top four after a difficult start to 2021.

He is not completely out of match practice, though, having played three senior games in cup competitions this term.

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West Ham have struggled to keep clean sheets recently, and this cost them against Man United

West Ham could benefit from adding Phillips to their squad as they attempt to tighten up their back four.

David Moyes' side have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven top-flight fixtures, and their inability to keep the opposition out has proved costly in recent weeks.

The Hammers have lost their last two matches, and now find themselves a point outside the Champions League places with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all having games in hand on them.

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