Aston Villa look set to miss out on summer target Kalvin Phillips, with the Leeds United man ready to sign a new deal with the club.
Phillips, who was linked with a big-money move to Aston Vill over the summer window, has agreed on a new five-year deal with Leeds according to the Telegraph.
Villa had a bid of £15 million rejected by Leeds over the summer, and the whites have been desperate to tie Phillips down to a new contract at the club.
Leeds currently sit third in the Championship table, and Phillips will likely be a huge factor in whether or not they gain promotion to the top flight this season after narrowly missing out in their last campaign.
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Phillips certainly would have been a boost for Villa’s survival hopes if he was signed, but it is not a huge loss.
Dean Smith went out and signed Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba, meaning that he now has a healthy competition for places in the midfield.
With Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury also taking a claim to start, Smith would not really have to go out and sign the Leeds United man.
Phillips’ asking price was also an issue, especially after Villa’s high spending summer window.