What Kalvin Phillips did at weekend offers Everton transfer hint with Man City future ominous

Kalvin Phillips seems destined to exit Manchester City this summer
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Amid a gruelling stay at Manchester City, Kalvin Phillips saw his stock fall lower from January onwards during his loan at West Ham United.

Three starts in 10 matches, a red card, and a season-ending injury has probably marked the low point in his top-flight career so far. Although Phillips received a Premier League winners’ medal for City’s latest title success, so perhaps not all is bad.

He did not return for the club’s trophy parade on Sunday evening following their FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United a day earlier; he opted instead to watch boyhood club Leeds United lose to Southampton in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

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Promotion could have signalled a possible return to Elland Road, however, Phillips is now left with little clarity over his future. But the fact he decided against celebrating the title win in Manchester may indicate he has one transfer objective on his mind.

At one point, Phillips was linked with a move to Anfield but Everton have now emerged as a possible destination. Although it is expected that any deal would likely be a loan.

Phillips was criticised for his performance off the bench in West Ham's 4-3 defeat to Newcastle United back in April, but despite the criticism, then-Hammers boss David Moyes voiced his support for the England international.

He said: "Kalvin is a human being and can do things we all do at different times. What he needs is support behind him, people to help him, and we're going to stand with him, help him as much as we possibly can.

"Obviously, we need all our supporters to give all our players, whoever it is, their support. He’s fine. He’s back training. We’ve all moved on from the weekend and we’ve got a big game coming up."