Everton tracking Blackpool winger
The Times reports that Everton will immediately look to strengthen their midfield after the departure of Jack Rodwell to Manchester City by acquiring Blackpool’s Matt Phillips.
Everton are said to have received in excess of £13m for the England Under-21 star who completed his switch to the Premier League champions over the weekend and boss David Moyes is eyeing Phillips to reinforce his midfield option ahead of a new campaign.
However, Seasiders boss Ian Holloway claims an unnamed Premier League club has made an ‘illegal approach’ for his player.
Speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire, Holloway claimed: “Somebody’s made an illegal approach and we can prove that. They should do things correctly so I’m not happy.
“The Football League and the Premier League will be informed about that.”
While Phillips states that he is not swayed by speculation over his future, Holloway added that any bids would not be welcome for the Scotland international.
“We don’t have to sell anybody,” said the Blackpool manager. “Obviously the boy would want to better himself, but there hasn’t been an official offer.
“He’s a fantastic young man, we’ve had a good chat and he’s as committed as ever to play for Blackpool and with the team-mates that help him look good.
“If someone does come in and does it the right way, who knows? You’ll have to ask my chairman what he thinks. I don’t make those decisions; I can only guide my chairman.”