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Birmingham will ask the Football Association to report Perth Glory to FIFA after recent comments from the Australian club expressing a strong interest in striker Kevin Phillips.

The Glory coach Dave Mitchell confirmed on Wednesday the A-League outfit were interested in securing the services of the former England striker, who has only recently returned to action after being sidelined with a hamstring problem.

And an official statement released by the midlands outfit confirmed they have had no interest in their leading goalscorer, the statement read: "Birmingham City FC can confirm that they have received no approach from any club regarding Kevin Phillips, and that they would not welcome any."

It continued: "In light of recent comments made by the manager of Perth Glory in Thursday's press in respect of our player, who he acknowledges is under contract, we will be asking the FA to put a representation to FIFA on the club's behalf in respect of Australian club Perth Glory and their recent press claims over Kevin Phillips.

"The club will be asking FIFA to look for a potential breach of FIFA Article 17.5 and possibly Article 18.3 in respect of Perth Glory's recent claims which clearly states that a club should not act in a manner designed to induce a breach of contract between a professional and a club to facilitate a transfer.

"And that a club should also inform the player's current club in writing before entering into negotiations with a player, and a club is only able to do so providing the player's contract with his current club is due to expire in six months."

Talking of the club's interest in Phillips, Mitchell said: "That's not a rumour, that's a fact. He's under contract but I have made some enquiries about him and he's a good player.

"He's old but he's very quick still, quick and darty. He has kept himself fit and he's a fit person and he's scoring goals in the Championship regularly for Birmingham, so if we get him, he'd be a great asset."

Birmingham chairman David Gold insisted he was unaware of any interest from the Australian club on Wednesday.

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