Newcastle United-linked midfielder expected to undergo medical in 'next 24 hours'

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Newcastle United have missed out on the signing of England international Kalvin Phillips.

Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips will undergo a medical in the next 24 hours ahead of joining West Ham United on loan for the remainder of the season.

The England midfielder moved to the Etihad Stadium from Leeds United in a deal worth £42million 18 months ago. However, the move hasn't gone to plan with Phillips making just two Premier League starts in that time.

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Restricted to just 10 appearances this season, Phillips has decided to seek regular first-team football and Newcastle United, along with Crystal Palace, had registered their interest.

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But Man City's demands - thought to be a £7m loan fee - proved too much of a stumbling block. Therefore, Newcastle dropped out of the race last week and paved the way for West Ham.

The Hammers struck an agreement for Phillips on Tuesday and the midfielder is now due in London to complete his medical. The loan is understood to include an option to buy this summer.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is keen to bolster his squad in the last week of the transfer window but it's likely the club will have to sell before they buy as they comply with Premier League Profitability and Sustainability rules.

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In the last few days, Kieran TrippierCallum Wilson and Miguel Almiron have all been subject to interest from elsewhere.

United, however, are closing in a significant academy addition. As per The Athletic, the Magpies have agreed a deal with Manchester City to sign 18-year-old midfielder Alfie Harrison for an undisclosed fee.

Newcastle head of youth recruitment Paul Midgley, who joined from Man City in 2022, is understood to have played a key role in the move with talks centred around Harrison having a clear path towards the first-team.

It's claimed Harrison has drawn comparisons to Erling Haaland for "their visual resemblance and has recorded impressive goal and assist statistics for their age-group teams".

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