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Phillips to leave West Brom for Birmingham, and Cole to Forest?

The Birmingham Express & Star are reporting that Kevin Phillips is on the verge of leaving West Bromwich Albion for cross-city rivals Birmingham City:

Despite Phillips’ tremendous input last season, manager Tony Mowbray was not expecting the veteran striker to complete anything like the same workload in the Premiership, especially after his amazing recovery from a serious knee injury which he feared threatened his career earlier this year.

The Baggies still came up with a two-year deal in an effort to re-sign Phillips, who became such a hero on the Brummie Road End with his decisive goal contributions.

Chairman Jeremy Peace was prepared to pay him a first year based on Premiership rates – but the second year would be performance-related.

That is the sticking point for the Phillips camp and which provided the gap Blues are poised to exploit.

Meanwhile Forest look to be edging into the lead in the race to sign some up-and-coming striker called “Andrew Cole”. I’ve seen reports that they are willing to pay him £25,000 per week, which if true is bonkers.

Both strikers have been linked with moves to Carrow Road, so it looks as though it’s two more targets missed for Glenn Roeder – although you would think he would go for one or the other.



4 thoughts on “Phillips to leave West Brom for Birmingham, and Cole to Forest?

  1. As a Birmingham fan I can’t see Phillip’s signing for us he’s just to old. The idea that we’ve offered him a two year contract and West Brom have only offered a year also seems impossible to agree with. He’d be surplus to requirements as soon as we go up if we do. I can’t even see him providing cover either.

    Andy Cole is useless!

    Posted by Nathan | July 3, 2008, 6:17 pm
  2. Philips will be a great signing for blues. he scores goals for fun 24 last season and voted championship player of the season we need someone who can score like him he is a proven goal scorer and will get us back up but then no doubt the board will take us back down keep right on

    Posted by s dare | July 3, 2008, 7:03 pm
  3. Andy Cole is useless! Get a grip. Averaged 1 every 2 in the prem and scored 6 in 12 last season. Forest are paying him 13k a week, not 25k.Player coach would be a good addition, enjoy Sammy’ the crab’ Clingan.

    Posted by Andy | July 4, 2008, 1:22 pm


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