Perth target Phillips

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Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell has confirmed the club are aiming to secure former England striker Kevin Phillips for the upcoming A-League season.

Mitchell revealed he was preparing to meet with either Phillips or his agent during an upcoming trip to the United Kingdom. And the coach believes the Birmingham striker would be an enormous acquisition for the club.

"That's not a rumour, that's a fact," Mitchell said when asked about reports the 35-year-old was being targeted to replace striker Nikita Rukavytsya, who joined Eredivisie club FC Twente.

He added: "He's under contract but I have made some inquiries about him and he's a good player.

"He's old but he's very quick still, quick and darty.

"He was in the army, 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."

Mitchell said he would be seeing Phillips in action when Birmingham played rivals Wolves during April.

He currently has another year to run on his Birmingham contract and Mitchell is hopeful of bringing him to Perth, despite the striker having scored 13 goals from 30 matches with the Blues so far this season.

If he was to play for the Glory, Phillips would be the second high-profile English striker confirmed to play in the A-League after the North Queensland Fury signed former Liverpool and Manchester City hitman Robbie Fowler earlier in the year for the club's inaugural season.

Mitchell said he made a push for Phillips after his attempts to woo South African striker Glen Salmon from Supersport United were unsuccessful.

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