Kalvin Phillips told Everton transfer would be 'perfect' after West Ham and Man City struggles

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Kalvin Phillips of England looks on during a training session at Carrington Training Ground on June 17, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
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With Euro 2024 on the horizon, you would not blame Kalvin Phillips for thinking what might have been.

The last time the tournament was held, in the summer of 2021, the Everton transfer target was a key part of the England team that reached the final, where they lost to Italy on penalties at Wembley.

Fast-forward three years and Phillips will not be part of the Gareth Southgate squad that will look to go one better in Germany this summer. That will sadly come as no surprise to the 28-year-old himself, whose £42m move to Manchester City has not worked out and whose loan spell in the second half of this season at David Moyes' West Ham United also proved ill-fated.

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Phillips is expected to move on again this summer and, with Sean Dyche a known admirer, Everton are exploring the possibility of signing the player on loan from the defending Premier League champions. A permanent deal, as it stands, would appear out of the question.

But either way, former England and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes it would be "perfect" for Phillips. Speaking on talkSPORT, Murphy said: "If you were to say to me, pick somebody you think would get the best out of him, Dyche would be someone I’d say, 'yeah'. Work in a disciplined structure, get him fit, strong and get him belief and confidence in himself.

“It actually makes perfect sense from a financial [point of view] because Everton are going to have to sell a few. If they can get half-decent money for either Idrissa Gueye or (Amadou) Onana and then bring Phillips in on loan, win-win. Because Phillips is a good footballer, he intelligent, he’s got a bit about him, he’s got a bit of everything, he’s all right.

“The confidence has drained from him, but the best way, the only way really, to get your confidence back is by playing, but to play well you’ve got to be fit and you’ve got to be given a platform with a manager who believes in you.

“(At) West Ham, he had a bad game, he was back out, bad half, he was back out. I’m not blaming Moyes - Moyes was under pressure and he had to get some results and he had pressure on himself so it maybe wasn’t the right move for him.

“Sean Dyche has got credit in the bank at Everton, he’s kept them up, had a good season with all that’s gone on. Yes, they’re going to have to sell a few but ultimately, I think it would work perfectly.”

Onana is one of the players who could leave the Blues this summer with the Belgium international midfielder himself admitting he wants to use Euro 2024 as a platform to attract what he calls a "top club".

While Everton - who have offered Gueye a new contract - will have to sell players in the coming months, bosses have maintained that the club is in a stable financial position. They have been left annoyed by what they consider irresponsible claims that could be damaging to their staff and players, partners and prospective partners, suggesting the Blues are close to 'going bust' or 'entering administration'.