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Phillips heading to Southampton

Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 16.25CET
Southampton FC have completed the signing of striker Kevin Phillips from Sunderland AFC in a reported €4.6m deal.
 
 
Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 16.25CET

Phillips heading to Southampton

Southampton FC have completed the signing of striker Kevin Phillips from Sunderland AFC in a reported €4.6m deal.

Southampton FC have completed the signing of Sunderland AFC striker Kevin Phillips for €4.6m.

Chairman pleased
The England forward agreed personal terms with Southampton this morning, having passed a medical yesterday. Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe said: "We are delighted to confirm that Kevin Phillips will be joining us. It has taken a lot of careful negotiation but we have stuck to our guns and ended up with a quality player who will make a big difference to us."

Great record
Phillips, who was top scorer in the Premiership in 1999/00 with 30 goals for Sunderland, is set to link up with James Beattie, who was a key man as Southampton qualified for the 2003/04 UEFA Cup by reaching the FA Cup final in May. He has reportedly taken a 50 per cent wage cut to secure the move.

Back again
The 30-year-old Phillips, who has eight England caps, became available after being unable to help Sunderland avoid relegation to the first division last season. He is a former Southampton apprentice who played out of position as a left-back at the club 12 years ago.

 
Last updated: 14/08/03 19.42CET

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