SHEFFIELD United hope to sign Blackpool’s Matt Phillips before the Steel City derby this weekend.
Sources close to Bloomfield Road confirmed last night that Phillips, an England under-20 international, has been invited to join Danny Wilson’s side following talks between the United manager and his counterpart Ian Holloway.
Should the proposed deal go ahead then the 20-year-old winger is expected to make his debut when arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday visit Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Wilson, who yesterday moved to extend Marcus Williams’ stay from Reading, approached Blackpool about recruiting Phillips after expressing concerns about the lack of pace within his squad.
Holloway described the former Wycombe Wanderers youngster as “unmarkable” after watching him celebrate his first Premier League appearance with a goal against Blackburn Rovers nearly 13 months ago.
However Phillips has found first-team opportunities in short supply since returning from this summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup where he started all four of England’s matches.
Holloway, who has granted former United midfielder David Carney permission to join AD Alcorcon in Spain’s Segunda Division, has made no secret of the fact he believes those on the periphery of his squad would benefit from spells elsewhere.
But Holloway, who swooped for United striker Daniel Bogdanovic during the
window, used his newspaper column to attack players he believes would prefer to remain in Lancashire.
Revealing that two have already indicated a desire to stay put, he
said: “I had two of my players getting bolshie for having the cheek to
suggest they should go somewhere else for a few weeks to play the game that they’re paid for.”
Williams, who has made three appearances for United, will now remain in South Yorkshire until December 13.