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Sport: Kevin Campbell tips Aston Villa to sign ‘good pro’ Nat Phillips from Liverpool in January

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  AVFC would need to make He has been linked with two other Premier League clubsThe Midlands club have already shown their ambition in the early stages of the January transfer window by securing the services of Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho in a loan deal which has the option of being made permanent.

Axel Tuanzebe cancelled his loan spell at Aston Villa and joined Napoli for the rest of the season, leaving Steven Gerrard with only three centre-backs in the first-team – Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause.

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Villa are expected to bring in another defender before the January transfer window ends, having been linked with Joe Gomez among others, but Kevin Campbell believes Nat Phillips should be considered.

The 24-year-old has made only four appearances in all competitions this season, spending the majority of the campaign on the bench or on the sidelines due to injury. Phillips is behind Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konaté and Joel Matip in the pecking order, so he might be loaned out this month.

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Campbell told Football Insider: “Phillips is definitely a player who can go to Aston Villa and do his thing, it can definitely happen. Look, getting a centre-half through the door isn’t rocket science. You want them to be able to do their job, and you want them to fit in with the team seamlessly.

“Nat Phillips seems to be a good pro, so it may just work. Steven Gerrard knows him and knows Liverpool as well.” Phillips has made a total of 24 appearances for the Reds and has a contract until 2025, so he’s highly regarded despite this season being a disappointment.

A solid temporary stint at Villa could see him back in the reckoning at Anfield, so a loan would suit all parties. He’ll know Gerrard well too, so it may be an easier transition for Phillips than for other players.

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The influence of Steven Gerrard has proved pivotal for Aston Villa once again after a report detailed why a Newcastle raid has fallen short. © PA Images Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard embracing Ashley Young The cash-rich Magpies have cast their transfer net far and wide this month. Eddie Howe has already reeled in Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood. But if they are to avoid the ultimate humiliation and beat the drop, further deals may be required in the coming days. Your browser does not support this video One left-field option that had emerged was that of Aston Villa veteran, Ashley Young.

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