Davis tops Royle's wish list

JOE Royle last night confirmed Kelvin Davis is the keeper at the top of his wish list, writes Derek Davis.Ipswich Town are still waiting to hear back from Wimbledon's joint-administrators Andy Hoskings and Nick Wood of Grant Thornton if Davis will be allowed to talk to them.

JOE Royle last night confirmed Kelvin Davis is the keeper at the top of his wish list, writes Derek Davis.

Ipswich Town are still waiting to hear back from Wimbledon's joint-administrators Andy Hoskings and Nick Wood of Grant Thornton if Davis will be allowed to talk to them.

Royle had hoped to open talks with the former England Under-21 keeper yesterday but doesn't want to contact the player until the administrators have given the go-ahead.

Royle said: "We have a shortlist of keepers we would like and Kelvin has gone to the top of that list. We are still waiting to hear back from the Wimbledon administrators that our proposal is acceptable; after that we will talk to the player."


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The EADT revealed earlier this week that Royle hoped to have an English keeper from a club outside the Premiership on board but did not disclose the name so as not to jeopardise the deal which was in a delicate stage.

Davis started his career at Luton, where he played more than 100 games, and had loan spells at Torquay and Hartlepool.

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He moved to Wimbledon for £600,000 four years ago and has gone on to make more than 250 appearances for them, even though he had to play second fiddle to Neil Sullivan for a while.

He was runner-up as player-of-the season, back in the days when the club had supporters, and was recognised as one of the Division One's top keepers last season.

The Town boss has also got another couple of other keepers in mind should this move not come off.

The Dons are in a difficult position with no ground to call their own, their fans have deserted them in droves and although Stuart Murdoch has done wonders with limited resources, his team is disappearing around him.

Damien Francis has joined Norwich City, Neil Shipperley has gone to old club Crystal Palace, while David Connolly is interesting a couple of clubs.

Nigel Reo-Coker has been handed the captain's arm-band at just 19 and old-stager Dean Holdsworth has returned to the Dons at 34, almost five years after leaving in a £3.5m move to Bolton Wanderers.

Meanwhile, Ipswich have still not received a fresh offer from West Bromwich Albion, who are keen on Thomas Gaardsoe.

The Dane admitted he was shocked to hear of the first bid, believed to be around £800,000, which was rejected out of hand by the Blues.

With David Sheepshanks and chief executive Derek Bowden back from their holidays on Monday, Baggies chairman Jeremy Pearce could well make a more serious bid then.

Only then will Gaardsoe even consider a switch. Out at the moment with ankle ligament damage sustained at Southend last week, Gaardsoe is focusing on regaining his place in the Town defence or in midfield just in front of the back line, a position currently occupied by Georges Santos.

Gaardsoe said: "It is not something I'm concerned about. I will only think about it further if the club takes it onto another stage.

"I'm perfectly happy at Ipswich and all I'm focusing on for now is getting fully fit."

Town have not heard any more regarding Andy Marshall – although Stoke City's interest cooled, they may look again after talks with Ed De Gooy faltered.

James Pullen has spent a week at Dagenham & Redbridge with manager Garry Hill expected to make a decision about him today.

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