Former Sunderland striker Phillips, who turns 35 later this month, is holding out for a two-year contract. However West Brom are prepared to offer only one year, and Phillips could spurn the chance to play in the Barclays Premier League by stepping down to join a club in the Coca-Cola Championship.
Mowbray said: "I´m pretty sure his preferred choice would be to stay here. But, at this moment, it is unlikely he will stay here."
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