Aiyegbeni Yakubu says he never feared he had missed out on FA Cup glory when he quit English football for China in 2012.
Ryan Nelsen believes West Ham have issued a statement of intent by tying Winston Reid to a new deal.
Palace boss Ian Holloway has been thwarted in several attempts to bring in a forward to boost the Eagles' promotion bid.
And he now appears keen to turn to the veteran Seasiders striker having worked with him before during his time at Bloomfield Road.
The 39-year-old has found the net just twice so far in the current campaign but was a key figure for Holloway last season when he scored 17 goals.
If Phillips makes the move to Palace they would become the eighth club of a professional career that started at Watford in 1994.