Pool’s star winger going nowhere

Matt Phillips in action against Crystal Palace.
Matt Phillips in action against Crystal Palace.
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A cheeky Cardiff bid for Matt Phillips has been turned down without hesitation - and Bolton have been told where to go too.

The Seasiders received an offer in the region of £800,000 from Championship rivals Cardiff but were quick to tell the Bluebirds to forget it.

Premier League strugglers Bolton are also understood to have contacted Pool about Phillips but that conversation didn’t even get as far as discussing figures - chairman Karl Oyston has made it clear he won’t be selling the club’s prized asset.

Phillips has been in blistering form since his loan move to Sheffield United, scoring seven goals in his last six games, following six in as many games for the Blades.

His form has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs, with scouts flocking to Bloomfield Road to watch the 20-year-old in action.

But Pool, with plenty of money in the bank following their season in the top flight, are under no pressure to sell and it would take a bid of more than £3m to even tempt them to part with one of their prized assets.

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Manager Ian Holloway, who signed Phillips from Wycombe for £200,000 18 months ago, said: “The great thing about this club is that it is run properly and we don’t have to sell anyone, so clubs are wasting their breath if they even try to take one of ours.”

The exception to that rule is Elliot Grandin, who will be allowed to join Nice for personal reasons as long as the French club meet the £750,000 asking price.

Holloway added: “I can’t see that I will have to let anyone go, apart from one player (Grandin) who is out of contract in the summer and might want to move on and get his career going again.

“I don’t want him to go. Why would I? We’ve seen just how good he can be in the last two games.

“But if I can get the right move for him and it suits us as well, then he can leave. He needs to, with his family situation being as it is.

“Possibly I have replaced him with John Fleck, who plays in that same position behind the strikers.”