Kelvin still keen on Black Cats

KELVIN Davis' £1m-plus move to Sunderland is still ON, the Ipswich keeper insisted today.And the Town number one was adamant that he still wants to join the Premiership new boys.

KELVIN Davis' £1m-plus move to Sunderland is still ON, the Ipswich keeper insisted today.

And the Town number one was adamant that he still wants to join the Premiership new boys.

Davis shed significant light on what is happening in what is developing into a transfer saga.

One week has elapsed since the 28-year-old goalkeeper met Black Cats' boss Mick McCarthy to discuss a deal.

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But Davis said today: “I have left things with my agent and if it takes two hours or two weeks to resolve, I don't mind.

“When I spoke to Mick we sorted everything out football-wise, but negotiations can take time.

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“We are sorting out the terms and the sooner it is sorted out the better as far as I am concerned.

“That way Ipswich will get the money they want. But we'll just have to wait and see what happens - it is all down to the terms.”

Clearly, Davis was not entirely satisfied with McCarthy's initial offer, but he was at pains to deny he has turned Sunderland down.

It is an on-going situation in which his agent, Jonathan Barnett, will hope to negotiate improved terms.

But Sunderland are not standing still in their search for a new keeper, with former Manchester United man Roy Carroll firmly in their sights.

Discussions have already taken place but, as with most of the Black Cats' summer targets, nothing concrete has happened.

Ipswich's out-of-contract midfielder, Tommy Miller, and Blackburn striker Jon Stead are also stalling on offers - perhaps because they fear Sunderland's return to the top flight could be short-lived.

It had been rumoured that Davis was reluctant to uproot his family and head north, but he added: “That is absolutely not true.

“I have spoken to Sunderland and that's as far as it has gone. We are still in negotiations.”

But London sources were today still maintaining that Davis is a target for West Ham, who will be deprived of the services of James Walker for virtually all the 2005-2006 campaign.

Walker suffered a serious knee injury in the Hammers' play-off final win over Preston and boss Alan Pardew must sign a replacement.

He was linked with Ian Walker, but he is now heading for Southampton, and it is felt that it is only a matter of time before a bid is made for Davis.

Meanwhile, the delay is costing Ipswich as they cannot make any transfer moves of their own until Davis departs.

Boss Joe Royle has been promised a slice of the incoming cash to fund his own recruitment drive, although he is aiming no higher than the free transfer market.

Royle already has a goalkeeper and a striker in mind to plug the gaps caused by Davis' likely departure and the recent £2.5 million sale of Darren Bent to Charlton.

Among the keepers being linked with a move to Portman Road are Fulham's Mark Crossley and Ian Bennett of Birmingham.

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