Ex-Sunderland star Kevin Phillips aims high for Leicester

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FORMER Sunderland star Kevin Phillips is targeting a fifth promotion to the Premier League after joining Championship leaders Leicester City until the end of the season.

Phillips has been a free agent since last weekend after his contract expired with Crystal Palace, with whom he won promotion last season.

He scored the match-winning penalty against Watford in their Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley, but made just four appearances from the bench for the Eagles in the top flight.

Plenty of clubs were interested in signing the 40-year-old, but the former Aston Villa, West Brom and Birmingham striker said he wanted a return to the Midlands after leaving Selhurst Park and Leicester won the race for his signature.

Foxes boss Nigel Pearson, who worked with Phillips at West Brom, said: “The opportunity to sign a player of Kevin’s experience and know-how doesn’t come along too often so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to add him to our squad.

“He’s a player I know well, he’s a fantastic professional with multiple promotions to his name and he will bring some great qualities to the group, both on and off the pitch.”

Former England international Phillips – who had a goal-laden career at Sunderland from 1997-2003 – began his career with non-league Baldock Town and also went on to play for Watford, Southampton and Blackpool during a 20-year career in which he has scored a total of 285 goals in over 650 appearances.