Report: West Brom to push ahead with Matt Phillips move following Demba Ba rejection

West Brom are set to push ahead with a move for the QPR star, also wanted by Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

According to the Birmingham Mail, West Brom are set to go all out to make sure they can agree a deal with Matt Phillips, having missed out on the signing of Demba Ba.

Ba, who rejected a Premier League return with the Baggies to sign for Besiktas, was one of Tony Pulis’s main transfer targets, and the Midlands club have now turned to Phillips as a marquee signing.

The Scottish international impressed for the R’s last term, despite their relegation to the Championship, netting three goals and registering eight assists in 25 games. The 24-year-old is not expected to remain in the second tier with the West London outfit, and the Baggies are looking to get ahead of their rivals in the race to sign him.

Following Ba’s rejection, they will focus all their attentions on agreeing a deal with QPR and Phillips this week, and although the Baggies are interested in other players, the report states that Phillips ‘is the winger Pulis wants most of all’.

They face competition from Crystal Palace and Sunderland, according to the report, and QPR are looking to receive at least £5 million before they will sanction Phillips’ departure from Loftus Road.

Pulis is looking to improve the attacking strength of his first-team squad, and has already signed former Sunderland winger James McClean this summer. Along with Callum McManaman, who arrived in the January transfer window, McClean and Phillips would represent a strong attacking force to aid the goalscoring talents of Saido Berahino, who was seriously lacking in support during the 2014/15 season.

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