Neil Warnock has rubbished Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer’s claims that Middlesbrough have had a bid rejected for goalkeeper Dillon Phillips.
It’s been a difficult summer window for Boro so far, having missed out on a number of their transfer targets.
Earlier this week, Bowyer claimed that the North East club had turned their attention to the Addicks shot-stopper, who is heading into the final year of his contract and has rejected a new deal, but that the bid they had made had been refused.
Speaking to Teesside Live, Warnock has rejected the Charlton boss’ claim and revealed he had been speaking to the south London club’s director of football about a different player.
He said: “I saw that, I think you’re a little bit misinformed on that really.
“I spoke to Steve Gallen (Charlton’s director of football) about someone else, he mentioned the goalie not me.
“He might not have told Lee the whole story. There are that many people behind the scenes there, who’s telling who?”.
The jury remains out on the goalkeepers at the Riverside and so, Phillips would appear to fit the bill as a summer recruit.
Charlton were relegated from the Championship last term but the 25-year-old was one of their key men – regularly putting in impressive displays and winning their player of the season award.
The Addicks will no doubt be keen to hold onto him as they prepare for life back in League One but with just one year left on his deal, that may prove tough.
What club did Charlton Athletic sign each of these 14 players on loan from?
This is an unusual situation, to say the least, and it’s difficult to work out whether it is negotiation tactics from Warnock or really just a case of miscommunication.
Phillips looks as though he would be a fantastic signing for Boro, though with three shot-stoppers already on their books they may feel it’s more important to look to improve elsewhere.
Holding onto the 25-year-old would be a huge victory for Charlton, though you can certainly imagine they’ll be more interest as the end of the transfer window looms.