Sheffield Wednesday: Phillips on Owls radar

Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips

Sheffield Wednesday are weighing up a move for QPR winger Matt Phillips as they seek to bolster their faint play-off aspirations following Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri’s takeover of the club.

The Owls have been linked with Phillips, who enjoyed a productive loan spell at Sheffield United in 2011. The 23-year-old has struggled for fitness and form since joining QPR a year and a half ago, featuring just 12 times for the Hoops this campaign. His last outing came in their 3-0 FA Cup defeat to United on January 4.

Derby County were believed to have enquired about Phillips’ availability for a potential loan move earlier this week.

But Stuart Gray, the Owls head coach, is eager to increase competition for places in the wide positions as he looks to rectify their goal-scoring problems.

He told The Star: “I am always interested in good players. I think Matt has been linked with Derby but I don’t think that’s happened.

“We need to bring players into this football club who are going to be better than the ones we have got. Phillips is one that we are interested in.”

However, Tony Fernandez, the QPR chairman, ruled out the possibility of Phillips leaving Loftus Road yesterday.

He tweeted: “Matt Philips is not going anywhere. He’s an important player. The board is now very clear on what needs to be done.”

While there is a possibility Wednesday may attempt to sign Phillips before the transfer deadline shuts on Monday at 11pm, Gray has revealed they are in advanced talks with CSKA Sofia over Romanian striker Sergiu Bus. It is believed the Owls have had a 500,000 euro (£375,000) bid accepted for the 22-year-old.

Contrary to reports, Gray says Bus, who joined Sofia last summer, hitting 10 goals in 18 starts before the winter break, has yet to agree personal terms or undergo a medical.

“He [Bus] is a hard working centre forward who has got an eye for a goal,” said Gray, who remains in dialogue with Watford regarding Lewis McGugan. “We are a bit short of them. He’s a hungry boy who wants to come here.”

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