Ian Holloway seems to be scouring the lower tiers of English league football. After missing out on Brett Pitman, who opted to move to Bristol City, the Blackpool manager has completed the signing Matty Phillips from Wycombe.
The 19 year old moved to the Premier League new-boys for an initial fee of £325,000 but this price will rise to £700,000 if Blackpool maintain their Premier League status at the end of the season.
The young winger has already represented Wycombe 78 times, scoring 8 goals for ‘The Chairboys’ in the process. Phillips has also played for the England U19 squad 5 times in his career and scored a memorable goal that meant the team progressed to the semi finals of the recent U19 European Championships.
Matty Phillips has landed a dream move to the Premier League.
Wycombe manager Garry Waddock stated:
“It’s a great opportunity for Matty to play in the Premier League and we couldn’t stand in his way. He’s an outstanding prospect and I’m sorry to lose him, but it’s a great move for him and excellent business for the football club.”
Ian Holloway was also delighted with the transfer of one of the hottest properties in the lower leagues saying:
“Matty has been on our radar for some time, he did well in the European Under-19 tournament for England in the summer and has played almost 80 league games for Wycombe, which at 19 is a real achievement.”