West Brom star striker Kevin Phillips is said to be a target for Ipswich manager Jim Magilton as he continues his search for a goalscorer at Portman Road.
Phillips nearly signed for Ipswich in the summer of 1997 before disputes over the transfer fee meant the Blues miss out. He then went onto sign for Sunderland, and we all know how he got on there, becoming the Premiership’s leading scorer in the 1999/2000 season with 30 goals of his total 115 for the Black Cats.
After last season’s heroics for the Baggies, he is out-of-contract but wants a two-year deal at the Hawthorns. However, ex-Ipswich defender and West Brom manager Tony Mowbraw is only willing to offer the 34 year-old a one-year deal.
Should Ipswich offer what Phillips wants for his services, they face competition from Derby County and QPR. Nearly three weeks ago, Phillips’ agent denied that his client would end up at Leeds: ‘League One is not preferable and, to be perfectly honest. It’s unlikely that it would happen.’
The Blue have been targeting a goal-poacher, and the ex-Southampton and Aston Villa striker certainly fits that description.