Davis linked with Hammers

Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy seems to have switched his goalkeeper chase from Ipswich Town's Kelvin Davis to Roy Carroll of Manchester United.Davis could still be playing in the Premiership next season, as West Ham United's goalkeeper, but a spokesman for Ipswich Town yesterday confirmed the 'seven-figure' offer from Sunderland was still the only bid on the table for the highly-rated player.

Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy seems to have switched his goalkeeper chase from Ipswich Town's Kelvin Davis to Roy Carroll of Manchester United.

Davis could still be playing in the Premiership next season, as West Ham United's goalkeeper, but a spokesman for Ipswich Town yesterday confirmed the 'seven-figure' offer from Sunderland was still the only bid on the table for the highly-rated player.

It is possible, although unlikely, he could still be at Portman Road when the new season kicks off in August, which would deny manager Joe Royle the profit from his sale to help him bring in new players.

Bedford-born family man Davis is believed to be reluctant to move to the north, having settled in Bury St Edmunds.


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His previous clubs were Luton Town and Wimbledon before Joe Royle persuaded him to join Ipswich two years ago.

Opportunities for goalkeepers to move into the Premiership look limited.

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Promoted Sunderland, Wigan and West Ham look the best possibilities with the Hammers No. 1 spot filled by James Walker in the play-off semi-final clashes against Town.

Fulham have lost Edwin van der Sar to Manchester United but have already recruited Czech Republic international Jaroslav Drobny.

Norwich's England international Robert Green was linked with two more Premiership clubs yesterday - but one of the managers involved was quick to knock the speculation firmly on the head.

One national newspaper claimed Newcastle were eyeing up a move for the Norwich City No. 1, despite already having two top-quality performers in Shay Given and Steve Harper on their books.

But manager Graeme Souness dismissed the report, saying: “Why do we need another goalkeeper when we have two top-class ones already?”

Green's name was also mentioned in the West Midlands press yesterday, with a report suggesting he was a possible target for Birmingham manager Steve Bruce.

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