MLS star Bradley Wright-Phillips claims no contact has been made over Premier League return

Dean Court

The New York Red Bulls forward is concentrating on his side's Conference final.

Former Manchester City and Southampton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has denied that any contact has been made regarding a return to the English game, Sky Sports report.

The New York Red Bulls forward has been linked with a loan move to Bournemouth in January, as Eddie Howe desperately tries to strengthen the Cherries' survival bid.

However, the 30-year-old has claimed that he has heard nothing from the south coast club, and is fully focused on his current side's Eastern Conference final second-leg against Columbus Crew.

"If anyone starts scoring, people always go linking them to a team but if I'm being honest I haven't heard anything," he said.

"Besides I wouldn't want a phone call about that just yet because we've got a big game for New York Red Bulls, and this is something we've had our heart set on since the beginning of the season," he added.

With forwards such as Callum Wilson and Max Gradel being consigned to the sidelines due to long-term injuries, the prospect of adding a goalscorer who has hit the back of the net 17 times this season is one that may see Howe's interest intensify as the January window draws nearer. 

And while Wright-Phillips is currently focused on the game against Columbus, the 2-0 defeat in the first-leg means that the Red Bulls face an arduous task if they wish to advance to the final.

Should their season be over after the return fixture between the two sides, the forward may decide that being able to prove himself in the Premier League is an opportunity too irresistible to turn down.  

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