Newcastle are being forced to consider other defensive options after their pursuit of Sevilla star Diego Carlos ended in failure. Eddie Howe is working hard to get deals over the line but admitted it has been a ‘frustrating’ week with no movement.
However, his Anfield career looks to be over following the arrival of Ibrahima Konate in the summer.
The defender has dropped down the pecking order and been reduced to just three first-team appearances all season.
The Englishman, who has interest from Newcastle’s relegation rivals Watford, sent out a statement to potential suitors last month with a sterling performance at the back in Liverpool’s Champions League victory at AC Milan.
He certainly possesses the capabilities to slot into the Newcastle team and has top-flight experience but the Magpies are continuing to try and sign defenders from Europe.
The latest to be linked is Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car, who was a previous target for Liverpool. The Croatian is likely to cost Newcastle a significant amount more than Phillips would, though 90min report he could sign on an initial loan deal if the Magpies make a move for him.