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Phillips considers Saints future

Southampton striker Kevin Phillips will hold talks with chairman Rupert Lowe to determine his future at St Mary's.

The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Saints since their relegation from the Premiership in May.

Phillips' agent Jon Smith said: "Kevin is very happy there. We have to have those talks with Rupert.

"Kevin believes he is a Premiership player but by the same token he loves Southampton, the fans and was part of the team that went down."

Smith added: "It has been handled in the right way, Rupert will decide what he wants to do and I think something will happen in the next two or three weeks.

"Kevin wants to play Premiership football and feels he has 15 to 20 goals a season in him.

"He's 31 and would like to continue playing in the Premiership.

"But he doesn't want to be seen leaving them when when they've just gone down. It's difficult but it will be resolved in about two to three weeks."

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Unsettled West Brom striker Robert Earnshaw is holding out for a move to a
Premiership club after rejecting a switch to Southampton.

The 24-year-old Wales hitman is upset at his lack of first-team action at
The Hawthorns, and has been further angered by Baggies boss Bryan Robson
giving him a DVD outlining what he needs to work on to improve his all-round

Premiership quartet Birmingham, Everton, Portsmouth and Wigan have all been
linked with Earnshaw - but Saints boss George Burley has been first to put a
deal on the table, offering £1m in cash plus midfield duo Nigel Quashie and
David Prutton.

Albion chief Robson did not even get a chance to ponder the offer as
Earnshaw does not want to drop into the Championship, where Saints are
languishing in 14th place and lie seven points adrift of the playoffs.

But Burley is still keen to do some business with the Baggies in January's
transfer window, and wants to sign out-of-favour midfielder Richard Chaplow
on loan.

Robson may well be happy to sanction the former Burnley playmaker's exit on
a temporary basis, as he feels he has bags of potential but has yet to give
him an extended run in the Albion team as they battle to survive in the top
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