'Boro Interest In Davis

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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 Coleman.

"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 leaving."

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