Phillips interest confirmed
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Phillips's agent insists the player wants to stay in the top-flight.Kevin Phillips's agent insists the player wants to stay in the top-flight and that there is interest in the striker.
The Southampton striker is one of a number of Saints stars being linked with moves away from the club following their relegation from The Premiership.
Phillips has been linked with Old Firm duo Celtic and Rangers, and former club Sunderland as a number of parties monitor the situation of the former England international.
"We are looking at potential situations for Kevin but he's very happy there," Jon Smith told Sky Sports News.
"We're having conversations with Rupert [Lowe, Southampton chairman].
"Four or five clubs have come to us and said 'What is the situation?' This has been handled in the correct way, we're waiting for Rupert do decide what he wants to do.
"I think there will probably be some movement with Kevin in the next two or three weeks.
"I think as far as Kevin is concerned he believes he is a Premiership player, but by the same token he loves Southampton.
"He wants to play in the Premier League and he feels he's got 15 to 20 goals in him most seasons.
"It is difficult and so won't be resolved for two to three weeks."
Manager Harry Redknapp seems resigned to losing both Phillips and goalkeeper Antti Niemi.
"It seems as though Kevin and Antti don't want to play in the First Division. If people want to go and you get the right money, what can you do?" said Redknapp.
"But I will be looking for decent money."
Meanwhile, Southampton have played down reports suggesting they had made a move for Millwall midfielder Jody Morris.
The 26-year-old is out of contract at The Den and is understood to be attracting interest from a number clubs.
However, Lowe insists that they have made no move for the former Chelsea and Leeds man.
"We have not made any move for Jody Morris," he told the club's website.
Lowe is also due to discuss the future of striker Peter Crouch this week, with the latest reports claiming that Tottenham have joined Liverpool in the race to sign him.
"There has been no contact from Tottenham at all," he added.