BLACKPOOL will report Southampton over the alleged ‘tapping up’ of Matt Phillips.
The Premier League side have left Ian Holloway furious, after claims they contacted the player’s agent without making an official approach to the Seasiders.
The winger has been monitored by a number of clubs this summer after his form last season caught the eye and, although Holloway accepts his star man will attract attention from other clubs, he hopes they’ll go about their business in the correct way.
“Someone has made an illegal approach for him and we can prove it,” Holloway said. “I’m not very happy about it, and the Football League and the Premier League will be informed about it.
“Obviously, the boy would want to better himself, but there hasn’t been an official offer and they shouldn’t be speaking to his agent.”
Holloway held talks with Phillips on Friday morning after he was made aware of the Saints’ approach.
A move to the Premier League is bound to turn the head of the 21-year-old, but the Pool boss says he’s fully committed to the cause at Bloomfield Road.
“The boy is a fantastic young man. I’ve had a good chat to him about it and he’s as committed as ever to play for Blackpool,” he revealed.
“He is excited about playing for us this season and is more than happy to carry on playing for his teammates who make him look good.
“If someone does come in for Matty, and does things the right way with their bid, then who knows. It will be down to my chairman. I can work with Karl and guide him.
“I just work as hard as possible with my players to make them sellable assets.
“If we can improve as a team as quickly as they do, then maybe we can get to the Premier League with them.
“If we don’t get to the Premier League quickly, then we won’t have Matt Phillips, it’s as simple as that.”