Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Make Your Mind Up Time for Cats Star

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Make Your Mind Up Time for Cats Star

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Saints chairman Rupert Lowe last night told Kevin Phillips to make up his mind about his proposed pounds 3m move to the club.

Lowe feels there is nothing more he can do to try to persuade the former England international to rejoin the club which rejected him as a teenager and the impression is that Phillips is stalling.

Phillips and his representatives have been in contact with Lowe and Saints boss Gordon Strachan but the deal remains clouded in uncertainty with rumours circulating that Middlesbrough are about to hijack the deal.

Lowe has made Phillips an offer after agreeing a fee with Sunderland but has refused to break the club's wage structure and match the 30-year-old's pounds 30,000-a-week wage demands.

He said: "We've agreed a fee, now it's a question of the player and his agent deciding if this is the place he wants to come, which we obviously hope he will. They have to make up their minds now. …

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