Joe: Why I want Davis

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle today revealed the qualities that he feels Wimbledon keeper Kelvin Davis can bring to his club.The Evening Star exclusively revealed yesterday that the Blues chief has gone in for the 27-year-old former England Under-21 international.

By Dave Allard

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle today revealed the qualities that he feels Wimbledon keeper Kelvin Davis can bring to his club.

The Evening Star exclusively revealed yesterday that the Blues chief has gone in for the 27-year-old former England Under-21 international.

He explained: "We have put a proposal to Wimbledon and are waiting to hear back."

Royle set out why the former Luton man is top of his wanted list.

He said: "It would be lovely to get him. I know him well. He did well against us twice

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last season. Kelvin is big, steady and strong His distribution is excellent.

"We need such a calming influence."

Wimbledon are in administration and the Ipswich proposal has been tabled before the club's joint administrators Andy Hoskings and Nick Wood of Grant Thornton.

Last May Davis had a two-day trial at Everton, but the Goodison Park club decided not to sign him as Wimbledon put a £6 million fee on his head. This also put off Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Town are preparing for tomorrow's friendly with Colchester at Layer Road (kick-off 3pm).

Matt Richards, who played half a game in the reserve match at Hadleigh last night following injury, is set to be in the squad.

Jermaine Wright may possibly have a run-out. But it's still too early for John McGreal.

Royle said: "It will be a hard test for us. Colchester finished last season well under the new management of Phil Parkinson. It's quite a while since the two clubs have met and I'm looking forward to a good game."

Next Wednesday night the Blues visit Boston United.

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