According to a report in the Daily Mirror, West Bromwich Albion fear that the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as Queens Park Rangers' new manager will cost them the chance of landing Matt Phillips in January.
The Baggies had reportedly been preparing a bid of £7million for the winger, but they are now not convinced that they could get a deal over the line.
Hasselbaink has expressed a desire to keep his key players at QPR, and he is expected to be backed by the board in the new year.
The R’s are determined to be promoted, and they feel that keeping Phillips in their squad will be crucial.
Phillips is one of the most talented players at Loftus Road, and he is a key source of creativity.
Without the former Blackpool man, QPR’s attack would be less threatening, and the club are prepared to fight to keep hold of him.
West Brom will be disappointed with QPR’s stance, as they are keen to strengthen their attacking quality in the new year.
Tony Pulis has organised the Baggies well, but they have not been too effective going forward this campaign, and realise that there is a need to improve their offensive play.