Blackburn star Ashley Phillip’s move to Tottenham Hotspur has been stalled due to issues over the fee add-ons
Phillips, 19, has been part of the England youth set-up and is highly regarded as one of the upcoming talents from the lower tier of English football.
Spurs have identified him as a star for the future and were in talks with cash-strapped Blackburn over a £3m deal for the player. For that fee, a player of Phillips’ ilk would be brilliant, considering he would be one for the future.
However, Blackburn are now asking for significant add-ons to be included in the deal which would significantly increase the price of the deal and therefore has stalled the deal for the time being.
Spurs new manager Ange Posteloglou has stressed the need of strengthening the defence ahead of the new season and although Phillips would not have been slotted straight into the first-team, the plan was to keep him around the first-team.
“Some of [the areas needing new players] I had identified early on. I don’t think it’s any secret about some of the areas we needed to strengthen. The goalkeeper was one and central defence is another.
Yeah, I think that’s definitely our intention, absolutely. We’ve been working on it for a while and we’ll definitely try to get it done as quickly as possible”
With the Premier League season starting very soon, it is important that we get our defensive targets before the first game against Brentford.
While additions in the attacking department have been made with the acquisitions of James Maddison, Manor Solomon and Dejan Kulusevski, the defence still needs an upgrade.
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Edmond Tapsoba and Micky van de Ven are two names that have been constantly linked with the club and it remains to be seen whether the club will be able to do a deal over the line before the Premier League season starts.