Promotion dream lures Phillips as Dunne joins Pool

Charles Dunne in action during the pre-season clash at Penrith
Charles Dunne in action during the pre-season clash at Penrith
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Matt Phillips says the chance to return to the Premier League one day was behind his move to QPR.

The winger has joined Blackpool’s Championship rivals for a fee which could rise as high as £5m, although the initial amount recieved is lower.

Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips

It means the Seasiders have made a huge profit on the 22-year-old, signed from Wycombe for £300,000 three years ago.

Blackpool have returned to Phillips’ former club to sign defender Charles Dunne but he won’t be available to boost Paul Ince’s player shortage – the 20-year-old, who had a trial with Pool over the summer, has been loaned back to the Chairboys for the rest of the season.

It’s believed Pool will pay Wycombe around £250,000 for the Republic of Ireland U21 left-back.

It’s a desire to challenge for promotion again which made Phillips’ decision easy.

He said: “QPR are a club with huge ambition. With the direction the club is heading and the signings they have already made this summer, it seems like the perfect time to come here. We all know what Harry Redknapp is about and I can’t wait to play for him.”

“I’ve had a taste of the Premier League and nothing would please me more than to help get QPR back into the top flight.

“I’m very excited and relishing the opportunity to play for the club.”

Scotland international Phillips fired 17 goals in 102 appearances for the Seasiders but is yet to play this season after breaking and elbow.

Pool were embarking on their Premier League season when Phillips signed and he scored on his debut against Blackburn. He made his first start against Aston Villa and went on to make 28 appearances in the top flight.

Last summer, he was the subject of a £6m bid from Southampton which was rejected.

It’s understood Pool have received a fee up front, which would rise if the London club are promoted this season.

QPR boss Redknapp is delighted with the Phillips deal. He said: “Matt’s got a big, big future ahead of him in the game, so we’re delighted to have been able to get him.

“I like having wingers in my teams and he’s very direct. He can take people on and make things happen.

“He’s quick, he gets at people, he can make goals and he can score goals.

“He gets people off their seats and that’s what you want to see as a supporter.

“He’s a really exciting signing for us.”