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SOUTHAMP­TON boss Nigel Ad­kins in­sists he did not make an il­le­gal ap­proach for Black­pool winger Matt Phillips.

Seasiders boss Ian Hol­loway in­sists a Premier League side had tapped up the 21-year-old – and that he could prove it.

Ad­kins ad­mit­ted Saints were in for Phillips, but was adamant it had all been above board.

He said: “It’s a shame that Black­pool have had to go via the me­dia in the way that they have done.

“We like to think that we do ev­ery­thing prop­erly, by the book.”

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