Charlton boss reveals that another club in contact over Dillon Phillips – but numbers don’t add up

Lee Bowyer has revealed there has been another approach for Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips – but that the figures did not add up.

Last season’s Player of the Year has not featured for the Addicks this season.

Bowyer recently told the South London Press that the stopper would not be picked because he is not prepared to sign a new contract.

Since then the South London club have been placed under a hardened transfer embargo which limits them to offering new signings only £1,300 a week.

League One clubs voted in a salary cap of £2,000 a week before the League One campaign got underway.

Phillips was a star performer last season and has attracted interest from Middlesbrough and Birmingham City, but both have filled those slots after signing Marcus Bettinelli and Neil Etheridge.

Bournemouth are also keen but need to shift Asmir Begovic off their books before they would consider a deal.

Bowyer said: “Someone made an enquiry about him but the figures they were talking – it was just a conversation between Steve [Gallen, director of football] and someone – were not enough.

“We’ll see if that changes. I’ve spoken to his agent and told him the situation and what is going on with Bournemouth, it’s up to them.”

Bowyer has chosen to start with Ben Amos as first choice, even though the former Manchester United and Bolton man is also due to be a free agent next summer.

But the Addicks chief doesn’t believe it is the same situation as Phillips.

He said: “Ben only signed one-year because that’s all that was offered to him – it was an option.

“It’s not the case in Dillon’s situation. We’ve offered him a three-year deal, or whatever it was, and he turned it down. He said: ‘No, I want to leave and I’ll wait it out if I have to’.

“It’s not like we offered Ben a three-year contract and he said: ‘No, I’ll only sign for one’.

“We’ll get nothing [if Phillips leaves at the end of his deal].”


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