Sheffield United have made an approach to sign Matt Phillips from West Bromwich Albion, reports Football Insider.

Aston Villa and Brighton and Hove Albion have also made moves to land Phillips as the transfer window nears its close on August 8.

The 28-year-old has entered the final year of his current contract and the Baggies fear they may have to cash in. Otherwise they face losing the winger for free next summer.

There is no indication Phillips will sign a new deal at the Hawthorns and is also understood to be keen on a return to the Premier League. The Scotland international has plenty of experience in the division from his time with West Brom and QPR.

Phillips is actually a former Blade, playing for the South Yorkshire club on loan from Blackpool in 2011/12. He greatly impressed, scoring six goals in seven appearances.

Where could Matt Phillips fit in at Sheffield United?

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Some may question whether Chris Wilder actually needs someone like Phillips in his squad. After all, in his 3-4-1-2 formation the 51-year-old doesn’t play wingers.

Phillips is best known for operating from the right flank, although last season did also feature in an attacking midfield role at times.

However, while the Blades do field a number ten, they have already signed Luke Freeman, Callum Robinson and Ravel Morrison this summer who can fill the position. Meanwhile, Mark Duffy remains at Bramall Lane despite reports he will depart.

What Wilder may envisage for Phillips is playing as a wing-back. The width in his team comes from the defenders coming forwards to great effect. Perhaps Wilder thinks Phillips has the discipline for this role?

The Scot certainly has the capabilities in attack, although it would be a gamble when it comes to his defensive responsibilities. For most of his career Phillips has been used to a position in the final third.

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