Ince denies QPR Phillips claims

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Paul Ince has denied claims that a deal has been agreed to sell winger Matt Phillips to QPR.

National newspaper reports state the injured winger is set to join Blackpool’s Championship rivals in a £5m deal.

Phillips is not expected to return to action for at least five weeks after breaking an arm in pre-season.

Pool boss Ince dismissed the rumours.“There’s nothing in it, as far as I know,” he told The Gazette.

“Matt Phillips has not even started training yet. I knew there was interest from some clubs a couple of weeks ago.

“But look at our squad. Unless they come in with a major bid he’s a Blackpool player.

“Unless the chairman has accepted a bid which I don’t know about, which I doubt, then there’s nothing in it.

“He’s a Blackpool player and that’s how it will stay.”

Phillips, like fellow winger Tom Ince, regularly catches the attention of scouts on visits to Bloomfield Road.

He has been linked with Cardiff, Bolton and now with the relegated London club from Loftus Road.

But Ince is more concerned about how much Blackpool are missing the 21-year-old on the field.

He said: “Matt’s a massive loss for us at the moment. We are really missing his quality, and you can understand why he’s being linked with clubs like QPR.

“At the moment, no-one has told me that QPR have bid, so he’ll be staying with me until they do.”