Strachan wants more
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Talks between Southampton and Phillips have been ongoing and it is thought that the player is keen on a move to the South coast once personal terms can be agreed.
Any deal is expected to see the former Watford striker take a drop in wages to fit in with The Saints wage structure.
"Although we have bought in a couple of players, we are still three of four down on what I would really like going into the campaign." Strachan said.
"The chairman looks after the finances and the club is run in such a way that players can only come here if they fall into a certain wage structure."
The Saint Mary's side have several fitness concerns ahead of the opening day fixture against Leicester City and Strachan knows he needs to add to his squad to cope with a taxing domestic season.
"Fortunately [Rory] Delap has overcome his injury problems, but several others with injuries are not there yet," the former Coventry City manager added.
"We have also lost Wayne Bridge so the squad is less than what I thought."