Davis on board

KELVIN Davis will today complete his move to Ipswich Town from Wimbledon.Blues boss Joe Royle last night told the EADT that terms had been agreed with the administrators Grant Thornton at Wimbledon FC and the player himself.

KELVIN Davis will today complete his move to Ipswich Town from Wimbledon.

Blues boss Joe Royle last night told the EADT that terms had been agreed with the administrators Grant Thornton at Wimbledon FC and the player himself.

The 6'1'' keeper is due to finalise his personal terms this morning and have a medical this afternoon before signing a three-year deal.

Royle said: "At last. It is a big relief to get Kelvin, we have been working on this for some time now and we are delighted to get him.


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"As soon as we heard of his availability we worked towards bringing him here and we have had to be very patient.

"Some top clubs were also after him but the way we dealt with things the right way worked in our favour in the long run. He is the top rated keeper in the division and is highly ambitious to play in the Premiership with us."

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Town have landed Davis on a free transfer but have agreed to pay 50% of any sell on fee and Wimbledon will receive a bonus payment should Town get promoted.

The 26-year-old was left out of the Wimbledon side which beat Torquay 1-0 in a friendly on Saturday and made his way to East Anglia over the weekend after the club's administrators agreed to Ipswich Town's proposal.

Everton and Birmingham City were also believed to be keen on the former Luton Town keeper, who has had loan spells at Torquay and Hartlepool.

Davis, who was an England Under-21 international with Richard Wright and Andy Marshall, is already well-known to the Blues goalkeeper coach Malcolm Webster, who worked with him at the Hatters where he started his career.

Marshall has been frozen out at Ipswich after being put on a free transfer and although there has been interest in him that now seems to have died down.

Stoke City have taken former Manchester United reserve keeper Raimond van der Gouw to Holland with them on trial after deciding not to pursue their interest in Ed de Goey.

James Pullen, who is also on a free transfer, is close to completing a move to Conference club Dagneham & Redbridge, who are away on a pre-season trip to the West Country.

His last appearance at Portman Road was in the Dons' 5-1 win but Town fans will get to see him in a Blues shirt on Friday night when they take on Levski Sofia in the last pre-season friendly.

He will link up with the squad for the trip to Boston United on Wednesday night along with No. 2 keeper Lewis Price, who has looked solid in his last couple of games.

Town are also likely to use the game to improve the fitness of Jermaine Wright, Nabil Abidallah and Matt Richards.

The most significant return though could be John McGreal, who has battled back to fitness after two knee operations last season.

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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