Report: West Brom agree fee for Aston Villa-linked Matt Phillips

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West Brom have agreed a fee for QPR's Matt Phillips.

According to reports in the Mirror, West Bromwich Albion are expecting to land one of their major transfer targets this week having agreed a fee for Queens Park Rangers winger Matt Phillips.

The Midlands club have dug deep to out-bid no less than three Premier League rivals, with Aston Villa, Leicester City and Crystal Palace all interested in the Scotland international's services. Baggies manager Tony Pulis is hoping to complete the transfer this week in a lucrative deal after offering more than Phillips' £7million valuation, as per the Mirror

The talented midfielder made 25 appearances last term, scoring three goals and weighing in with an impressive eight assists. He would provide an injection of flair and attacking prowess to Pulis' well-disciplined side, while linking up with Saido Berahino - providing the club can convince their star striker to stay this summer.

  TeamGoalsConversion Rate (%)AssistsKey PassesPass Success (%)Dribble Success (%)Appearances
Matthew Phillips QPR 3 7 8 34 65 38.89 25

The statistics show the Scot's willingness to take risks in the final third. His conversion rate of 7% is hardly anything to boast about, neither is his pass success of just 65%, but the manner in which he operates in the final third often results in a some form of end product; be it a shot at goal or a chance created for his team-mates. He will likely be alongside better quality at West Brom than QPR, too.

Reports suggest Albion owner Jeremy Peace is determined to leave Pulis, who has never been relegated before, with a competitive squad ahead of the new campaign - even if the man himself sells up. The club have also been linked with Rangers’ striker Charlie Austin and defender Steven Caulker, who could both follow Phillips in his switch to the Hawthorns.

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