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Report: Brighton line up bid for Nat Phillips

Brighton have identified Nat Phillips as a prime target to replace the recently departed Ben White.

 

The highly rated 23 year-old is set to officially become an Arsenal player when he completes his medical after returning from his summer break.

 

The proposed fee is believed to be in the region of £50 million and the Seagulls are naturally keen to spend a chunk of that on a replacement.

 

Talksport reports that Phillips is firmly in the frame to be that player with Brighton preparing a bid in the region of £15 million.

 

After spending a season at Stuttgart, in his own mind the academy graduate would have been preparing for another spell away from the club.

 

But as the injuries mounted in the heart of the defence, Phillips was called into action.

 

While it was a season full of inconsistent performances, one constant was the commitment to the cause of the big Number 47.

 

To the fans watching on at home Phillips became a cult-figure, winning headers like a seasoned pro and often showing the scars of battle with big centre forwards like a badge of honour.

 

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In all, Phillips made 17 league and three Champions League appearances for the season scoring a trademark power header against Burnley in the penultimate game of the season.

 

With the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip returning to full fitness and the signing of Ibrahima Konate, Liverpool have reportedly told the 24 year-old that he is free to leave the club if a opportunity for regular first-team football presents itself.

 

It is not the first time that Phillips has been linked to other clubs with Newcastle and Burnley previously showing an interest.

 

Phillips has openly spoken about his future once the season concluded saying that he is not one to shy away from a challenge, but he also has to do what is right for his own career.

 

“If you want to play as often as possible, you need to embrace that fight and play to a high enough standard to hold off such competition.

 

“Even though there is a lot of competition, I see it as another person to try and learn from. A new person’s game I get to see up close, see how they play and see if I can take anything from that.

 

“At Liverpool there is always going to be high competition for a place on the pitch. No matter who you are, you don’t have a right to play for them and certainly not myself, having only played a handful of games when the new boys came in.

 

“I still need to have the conversations with them and just see if there is a role for me there and what role they would want me to play.

 

“I would then have to decide what is best for myself off the back of that.”

 

While it would be a shame to see Phillips depart, in terms of his own career it will be a great move and a environment that you can see him flourishing in.

 

And with Liverpool reportedly having to sell before they buy this summer, any fee can be put towards shaping the squad for the upcoming season.

 

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6 hours ago, sir roger said:

Nat and 35m for White is great business for Brighton.

I genuinely would be sorry to see Nat leave, if he does. He's obviously got his career and game time to prioritise, as he should do. Getting £15m for him is also good business for the club considering he was loaned out to a Bundesliga 2 club.

 

If we do let Nat go, I hope we include a sell on clause, maybe even a buy back although I think the latter  might not be included. Nat will also go with my appreciation for the part he played last season plus, he did notch as well!

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2 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

I genuinely would be sorry to see Nat leave, if he does. He's obviously got his career and game time to prioritise, as he should do. Getting £15m for him is also good business for the club considering he was loaned out to a Bundesliga 2 club.

 

If we do let Nat go, I hope we include a sell on clause, maybe even a buy back although I think the latter  might not be included. Nat will also go with my appreciation for the part he played last season plus, he did notch as well!

He'll definitely be a fans favourite even if he moves on. I'll always wish him well and hope he has a good career. A few own goals/howlers for when he plays against us would be very welcome as well.

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I think we should deffo keep him. Can't honestly think of a game when he let us down and if klopp had played him more times instead of trying to shoehorn Firmino and Henderson in then we would have got top four way before the final game

Matip can't be trusted to play more than one game a month, this new kid may take time to settle and VVD and Gomez are coming back from serious injuries which usually means you pick up niggling ones through the season

So I think he will get game time and plenty of it 

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38 minutes ago, Stickman said:

I think we should deffo keep him. Can't honestly think of a game when he let us down and if klopp had played him more times instead of trying to shoehorn Firmino and Henderson in then we would have got top four way before the final game

Matip can't be trusted to play more than one game a month, this new kid may take time to settle and VVD and Gomez are coming back from serious injuries which usually means you pick up niggling ones through the season

So I think he will get game time and plenty of it 

Agree with this. Our fifth choice CB will probably get loads of games this season. I can't see any of VVD, Joe and Joel playing two games a week regularly. 

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46 minutes ago, Stickman said:

I think we should deffo keep him. Can't honestly think of a game when he let us down and if klopp had played him more times instead of trying to shoehorn Firmino and Henderson in then we would have got top four way before the final game

Matip can't be trusted to play more than one game a month, this new kid may take time to settle and VVD and Gomez are coming back from serious injuries which usually means you pick up niggling ones through the season

So I think he will get game time and plenty of it 

The fuck.

 

Firmino gets shoehorned in nowhere!

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Just now, Tony Moanero said:

I saw this photograph of  Wimpy, somewhere down south, in the 1970s, and thought this thread was as good a place as any to post it.

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If Phillips goes, I go.

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3 minutes ago, Tony Moanero said:

I saw this photograph of Wimpy, somewhere down south, in the 1970s, and thought this thread was as good a place as any to post it.

 

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I envisaged Woodstock being bigger and what the fuck is that sign on about.

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32 minutes ago, Tony Moanero said:

I saw this photograph of Wimpy, somewhere down south, in the 1970s, and thought this thread was as good a place as any to post it.

 

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He was the fella who would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today - probably working on transfers for us as we speak.

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I'm no fan of Klodgson, but even I can't see him being stupid enough to sell the team's best player.

 

After he just forced Gini out, that would not only take the biscuit, it would take the biscuit and piss on it. 

 

News flash for Klopp and FSG - we will not eat the pissy biscuit.

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@Stickman is bang on the money. There's no way I'd be selling Nate right now. Not a chance. He'd be my first choice alongside Virgil - assuming the latter can play.

 

And £15m? Nowhere near enough. 

 

The only way this transfer works is if we've one (or two) dead-cert replacements incoming. 

 

VVD- we have no idea he'll be OK. 

Gomez - at best he'll play 15 games and isn't as good as Nate. 

Matip - at best he'll play 1.5 games. 

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4 hours ago, rb14 said:

@Stickman is bang on the money. There's no way I'd be selling Nate right now. Not a chance. He'd be my first choice alongside Virgil - assuming the latter can play.

 

And £15m? Nowhere near enough. 

 

The only way this transfer works is if we've one (or two) dead-cert replacements incoming. 

 

VVD- we have no idea he'll be OK. 

Gomez - at best he'll play 15 games and isn't as good as Nate. 

Matip - at best he'll play 1.5 games. 

Seriously if Phillips goes, there's a fuck load riding on konate and I think he's only played about half a dozen games more than matip over that last 2 year. 

 

Gomez and vvd are being nursed through pre-season, so there's every chance they won't be ready come the start of the season. And matip being fit now would make you think he'll be done by 14th August. 

 

I can't see a way we don't go back out to market of Philipps leaves. I might be wrong, but as kabak only turned 21 while he was with us (so during this year) he will class as U21 for the coming season? 

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Kabak was on the verge of throwing himhissy fits when subbed last year, how do you think he reacts being 5th choice all year. And who pays a 5th choice CB the 60/70k a week he wants

 

 

Neither Phillips or Kabak are quick enough to play a high line anyway. 

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4 hours ago, Alex_K said:

This would be a disastrous signing for Brighton. He'll be badly exposed, especially if they keep playing the same system as benefited White. Let's see if it goes through.

 

The best CB in the business today.

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11 hours ago, Alex_K said:

This would be a disastrous signing for Brighton. He'll be badly exposed, especially if they keep playing the same system as benefited White. Let's see if it goes through.

 

Dunk and Webster don't appear to get badly exposed and neither have any real pace. White played a bit as a DM last season I believe.

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2 hours ago, sir roger said:

Dunk and Webster don't appear to get badly exposed and neither have any real pace. White played a bit as a DM last season I believe.

True RE Dunk — wouldn’t want to double up that kind of defender but let’s see what happens 

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