Davis to snub Sunderland
IPSWICH keeper Kelvin Davis is set to snub a £1million-plus move to Sunderland.And the news will rock Town, who are desperate for a cash injection at the present time.
IPSWICH keeper Kelvin Davis is set to snub a £1million-plus move to Sunderland.
And the news will rock Town, who are desperate for a cash injection at the present time.
Davis has been considering his future for several days, having travelled to Wearside last week to discuss a move to the Premiership new boys.
But I understand he is ready to reject their offer and hope that a southern club comes in for him over the next few weeks.
The 28-year-old has discussed the move with his wife and the couple are apparently reluctant to uproot their young family.
Davis would prefer to be able to remain located in the south - he presently lives in Bury St Edmunds - and is confident that a suitable opportunity will arise in the near future.
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The keeper has also suggested that the terms on offer at the Stadium of Light are less attractive than he had anticipated.
It could be that Fulham, who today sold Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar to Manchester United, will be interested in Davis.
And West Ham, who wrecked Ipswich's play-off hopes before going on to clinch a Premiership return, are also said to be monitoring the situation.
One thing is for sure - Davis has played his last game for Ipswich, who are keen to cash in on last season's top keeper in the Championship.
They signed him on a free transfer from Wimbledon two years ago and their financial predicament makes it imperative that they sell.
Town last week sold England Under-21 striker Darren Bent to Charlton for an initial £2.5 million, with the London club's down payment going straight to the bank.
But the club have promised boss Joe Royle a healthy chunk of the money received when Davis moves on and he is understandably keen to progress his efforts to reinforce his squad.
Despite holidaying in Majorca, Royle has not switched off completely and is in touch with potential targets either directly or via their agents.
Royle will concentrate on players approaching the end of their contracts and has already earmarked a goalkeeper and striker to plug the gaps in his squad.
Speculation is rife with regard to possible targets, with his release by Italian club Siena adding Tore Andre Flo's name to the ever-lengthening list of contenders.
Royle wanted to take lanky Norwegian striker Flo to Everton in the mid-90s, but the Goodison club refused to release the cash.
Now approaching his 32nd birthday, the former Chelsea, Rangers and Sunderland star could fit the bill for the Ipswich boss.
Meanwhile, honeymooning midfielder Tommy Miller has a difficult decision to make on his future.
With his Ipswich contract on the point of expiry, the 15-goal ace can choose between Leeds, Sunderland and Celtic if he decides his time at Portman Road is up.
Miller, 26, has already heard what Leeds and Sunderland have to offer, but a change of manager at Parkhead has suddenly opened the door for him to move to the Glasgow giants.
Gordon Strachan is a long-term admirer of Miller and four years ago, when in charge of Coventry, matched Ipswich's £750,000 offer to Hartlepool for the player.
Now Strachan, who recently succeeded Martin O'Neill in the Celtic hot seat, sees an opportunity to land Miller for free and hopes the lure of Champions League football will persuade the player, eligible to play for Scotland through his grandmother, to join the Hoops.
Either way, Town are virtually resigned to losing Miller and there remains a question mark against top scorer Shefki Kuqi being at Portman Road next season.
His international involvement with Finland - they are at home to Holland in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday - has delayed any decision by the out-of-contract striker on his immediate future.
His 20-goal haul last season is sure to alert clubs to his availability on a free transfer and any suitors are likely to be able to improve on the terms Town can afford.