Matt Phillips’ proposed transfer away from Bloomfield Road is looking even more likely after it emerged that Newcastle United were raising interest in the attacker.
The Blackpool winger has been in magnificent form this season; a remarkable feat when considering that Phillips started the campaign off in League One.
After failing to make his break in the Championship first team, the 20 year-old was loaned out to Sheffield United where he netted five goals in fives starts on a one-month temporary deal.
After returning to his parent club, Phillips burst into the starting XI and has gone on to score ten goals in 19 starts and six assists for the Tangerines, attracting interest from numerous clubs in the English top flight.
Amongst the other Premier League outfits interested in the starlet sits Liverpool and Stoke City as well as a number of unnamed sides.
Ian Holloway was recently baffled by Phillips’ decision to represent Scotland rather than England after the wideman was being tipped for a bright international future.
Regardless, Phillips’ club situation remains in question and although Holloway won’t be keen to let go of his star, he may have no choice should the Magpies meet his £5m valuation.
Alan Pardew’s side signed wingers Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan last summer but seem intent on adding some English flair to the squad with a move for Matt Phillips at the end of this season