West Brom agree fee for winger Matt Phillips

The QPR winger will move to The Hawthorns subject to a medical for a fee in the region of £5.5m, reports say

West Brom agree fee for winger Matt Phillips
Photo: Catherine Ivill / AMA

West Bromwich Albion  are close to completing their first signing of the summer with the capture of QPR winger Matt Phillips.

Sky Sports report that The Baggies have agreed a fee of approximately £5.5m with The Hoops for the pacy winger and will move to The Hawthorns subject to agreeing personal terms and completing a medical, which is expected in the next 24 hours.

West Brom have pursued Phillips over the past year, but have now seemingly got their man.

Phillips could provide vital service for frontmen

The arrival of Phillips could provide light relief for the goalscoring issues suffered by Tony Pulis' men for the majority of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.

In the 38 games last term, West Brom finished off the bottom of the goal rankings to relegated Aston Villa only. Their ratio of less than a goal a game was a frequent cause of consternation amongst The Baggies' faithful.

Top-scorer Salomon Rondon scored nine goals, but finished the season outside the top 20 marksmen in the league. With the future of Saido Berahino likely to be away from the West Midlands, whoever does come in to replace the want-away striker could become the recipient of greater service.

Pulis may look to winger as creator-in-chief

A product of Wycombe Wanderers' youth academy, Phillips, 25, moved to promoted Blackpool FC in August 2010, for a fee rising to £700,000. 

Phillips scored eight goals last term for QPR (photo:getty)
Phillips scored eight goals last term for QPR (photo:getty)

After a loan spell at Sheffield United a year later following The Seasiders' relegation back down the English second-tier, the Aylesbury-born winger then made the move back down to London and to QPR in 2013.

After making 80 appearances and scoring 13 goals, West Brom will look to his latest set of figures, in finding the net eight times and assiting on five more occasions last term.

Phillips' knack on picking out a cross could aid the likes of the powerful Rondon in the final third, as well as his superior set-piece delivery with Chris Brunt set to miss the opening quarter of action for The Baggies.