A report by the Daily Mail has claimed that Liverpool are set to sell reported Nottingham Forest target Nat Phillips before the transfer window closes.
The Reds had been linked with a move for the youngster earlier this month, although it was unsure at that stage whether the Premier League champions wanted to loan him out or sell him.
Now it would seem the Reds are willing to offload him permanently as they look to balance the books after signing Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota.
Forest might not consider Phillips a target anymore, however, with a deal for Scott McKenna seemingly gathering some pace.
The 23-year-old looks to be signing from Aberdeen for £3 million and that could signal the end of Forest’s interest in the Liverpool man.
Phillips, 23, spent some of last season on loan at Stuttgart and has played once for the first-team at Anfield.
Forest have Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Dawson and Loic Mbe Soh currently in place at the club.
With Yohan Benalouane and Michael Hefele also still at the club and McKenna set to arrive, there really is a plethora of options at the back.
One or two might be offloaded before the transfer window closes but it’d still represent a surprise if Forest moved for Phillips.
NFN Verdict – McKenna a better fit than Phillips
Despite being the same age as McKenna, the Liverpool man is nowhere near as experienced as the Aberdeen player.
The Scotland international has played 16 times for his country and made over 100 appearances in club football.
With that in mind, Forest are making the right call in adding McKenna over Phillips to bolster their defensive ranks.