Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren is ready to make his own
attempts to sign Blues transfer target Sean Davis.
David Moyes has made the Fulham midfielder his top priority,
though he cannot afford to wait around indefinitely and is looking
at other options including Gavin McCann and Steve McManaman.
But its Davis who Moyes wants most as he looks to bolster his
midfield with a tough tacking young homegrown star.
Everton have already had an undisclosed bid for Davis rejected
out of hand by Cottagers officials who are insisting they
won't let their man leave for less than £ 7 million.
McLaren does have money to spend on new players and, like Moyes,
is on the lookout for a new midfield star but so far his attempts
to sign David Dunn, Brett Emerton and Geremi on a permanent basis
have proved unsuccessful.
Chris Coleman, meanwhile, is 'extremely hopeful' that
Davis will still be playing under him next season.
The Fulham boss wants the England under-21 star to stay in
London and it would appear that unless the player hands in a
written transfer request then he will be going nowhere.
"I am extremely hopeful that Sean will be part of that next
season because he's a top player and if anybody was interested
in him they would have to find an awful lot of money," said
"I have told him that unless he makes it clear that he does
not want to stay, which he has not, then he will not be