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Rated at £10m by QPR, Redfearn is in dreamland claiming he could have signed Phillips for Leeds

Leeds never stood a chance of signing Matt Phillips from QPR, despite former boss' claims.

Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn this week claimed he could have brought four big names players to the club last summer if he had been kept on as boss, in an interview with Radio Yorkshire.

They comprised of Jason Shackell, Charlie Adam, Joey Barton and Matt Phillips.

Burnley midfielder Barton has since shot down the claims via Twitter, saying he never spoke to Redfearn, but it is the Phillips claim which is the most outlandish of the lot.

Phillips was excellent for QPR last season after being brought back into the side by Chris Ramsey, and provided eight assists despite their relegation from the Premier League.

He was subsequently highly valued by the club, and was wanted by top flight side West Bromwich Albion - who had a £7 million rejected, The Mail claimed.

QPR had been holding out for a higher amount, with The Mail claiming this January it remains at £10 million.

Leeds United's biggest transfer last summer was the £3 million fee paid to sign striker Chris Wood from Leicester City, and that was the largest amount the club had spent on a player in a decade.

For Redfearn to expect the club would have pulled off a move to sign a player valued more than three times that figure, who was also wanted by a Premier League side, was fanciful, as they likely never stood a chance.

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