Davis move on hold for now

KELVIN Davis' proposed move to Sunderland was this morning in doubt with Championship keeper of the year undecided about making the switch.

KELVIN Davis' proposed move to Sunderland was this morning in doubt with Championship keeper of the year undecided about making the switch, writes Derek Davis.

Although Ipswich Town agreed to sell Davis to Sunderland for £750,000, with nearly half going to MK Dons, the Blues' Players' Player of the Year may not go after having talks with Sunderland.

Davis last night told the EADT: "I have met with Mick McCarthy but things are not clear cut and I have not signed anything as yet."

The keeper would not elaborate further but even though a chance to play in the Premiership is


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alluring, Davis would probably want to be clear about his position at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are still in talks with their out-of-contract Thomas Myhre about a new deal and, even though Davis was voted ahead of him by his fellow professionals as the Championship keeper of the year, the Norwegian has been considered the No. 1.

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Mart Poom, who came within hours and a broken finger of signing for Town four years ago, is fit again after a long-standing knee problem and is expected to challenge for the starting spot in the new season.

Sunderland's wage structure may be another issue, with the club paying relatively low basic salaries with high bonuses on appearances and where they finish in the league, including a drop in money should they be relegated.

Davis has been outstanding since being brought to Ipswich, with former Town goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster playing a huge part in getting him in from Wimbledon, who allowed him to leave on a free transfer due to their financial problems.

Part of the deal was a sell-on clause which was widely reported as 50% at the time but David Sheepshanks has since denied it is as much as that.

Personal terms may still be agreed between Davis and Sunderland but other clubs will also have been alerted as to his availability at a knock-down price.

If Davis does leave, then Ipswich have two extremely capable keepers in Lewis Price and Shane Supple, although Joe Royle's propensity to bring in older, experienced players, may see a new man brought in and Price loaned out once more.

Sunderland still hope to snare

15-goal midfielder Tommy Miller on a free transfer by the end of the month, although he probably won't let them know until after his

honeymoon, which starts on Monday.

Meanwhile, Wigan boss Paul Jewell has scotched suggestions that he is interested in Town midfielder Ian Westlake. With players such as Graham Kavanagh, Jimmy Bullard, Alan Mahon, Gary Teale and Lee McCulloch, in their ranks it was always unlikely Westlake would be considered.

Jewell said: "We are looking to bring in some new players but Ian Westlake is not one that we are interested in."

Portsmouth and West Ham have been added to the list of clubs keen on Shefki Kuqi but Blackburn appear to be in prime position to sign him.

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