Blackburn Rovers transfer latest on Ash Phillips, Thomas Kaminski and potential outgoings
Tottenham Hotspur have been in talks with Blackburn Rovers for over a week to sign Ash Phillips whilst Luton Town remain interest in Thomas Kaminski
Ash Phillips remains at Blackburn Rovers as negotiations continue with Tottenham Hotspur.
The teenage defender didn’t feature in either of Rovers’ final pre-season matches as talks drag on with Spurs. The North London club had triggered a £2million release clause in his deal which saw Phillips travel down to Tottenham for talks.
However, the 18-year-old has been back at Brockhall for the past week with Rovers believing they have a legal loophole which stalled the deal. They have tried to negotiate a higher fee since then but nothing has been agreed.
Lancs Live understands reports suggesting Phillips’ £2m clause becomes active on August 5 are accurate. It means if no other club comes to the table before then, Tottenham can take the England youth international in a cut-price deal.
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If another club were to bid higher than £2m, Spurs would have to match that offer in order to get Phillips’ signature. One way or another, his future should be resolved this week.
Jon Dahl Tomasson said on Friday that he expects Phillips to complete a move but nothing was formalised at that stage. Rovers will start the season with Dom Hyam, Hayden Carter, Scott Wharton and Sam Barnes as their defensive options.
“The chances are big that the boy will probably be going to a good side,” Tomasson told Lancs Live. “He is a great player, he will have a great future. But there is not an agreement at the moment.”
Tomasson also admitted he’s been given no assurances as to whether funds generated from the sale of Phillips could be reinvested into the team. Luton Town’s interest in Thomas Kaminski has refused to die down too with Rovers open to a sale for the right figure.
Rovers have rebuffed offers around the £1m mark for the Belgian international so far. If no deal is struck, the Belgian international is expected to start against West Brom on Saturday with Aynsley Pears on the bench.
Elsewhere, David Raya has concrete interest from Arsenal which could finally conclude a summer-long saga. Rovers have sell-on clause in the region of 12.5 per cent of profit so any deal would bring welcome funds into the club.