Wigan are set to lose Shaun Maloney to Leicester City with the BBC reporting that a fee is agreed, and they may feel Phillips could replace the void that his departure would leave.
Phillips' pace and power has proven a threat at Championship level before and Wigan desperately need to start adding quality if they are to avoid the drop.
The Latics are currently placed in the bottom three and five points away from safety after an abysmal opening to the campaign.
Phillips, meanwhile, has been consigned to a peripheral role during the R's campaign to date - with most of his 12 appearances so far coming as a substitute.
At 22-years-old, the fact he is not playing regularly could be harmful for his development and Wigan may hope that QPR will jump at the chance to get him some game time at a competitive level.