If West Brom land Phillips, could it cause double blow for Sunderland?

Dick Advocaat

Sunderland's transfer plans look as though they will almost certainly be affected if the Queens Park Rangers winger joins West Brom.

According to the Daily Mirror, West Brom have had a bid accepted for QPR winger Matt Phillips. Other outlets provide a different slant, such as Sky Sports, who report a bid has been rejected.

But a theme is consistent among all of them: that West Brom are in negotiations with QPR over a move for the Scot - and that a deal very much looks like it could be struck.

The 24-year-old, however, has been the subject of interest from several cubs, meaning there will be ramifications across the whole of the Premier League should the Baggies secure Phillips's signature.

And Sunderland in particular could be doubly affected. Indeed, the Black Cats were said to be in talks with the QPR winger at the end of June by the Daily Telegraph.

But they have also been linked with two other QPR players: Leroy Fer by the Daily Star and, most recently, Junior Hoilett, as per the Daily Mirror (again).

The Sunderland Echo refute the Hoilett claims - but Sunderland look like they could be hit hard should they miss out on Phillips even so. If West Brom land the 24-year-old, not only will the Black Cats lose in terms of not signing him but their chances of landing either Hoilett or Fer will also decrease.

Holiett may be unwanted by QPR regardless but no relegated side will want to lose two wingers in one go. And similar applies for Fer as the R's won't want to lose two of their best players in one go.

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