TRANSFER UPDATE: Derby County striker Steve Davies is on Ipswich Town’s wanted list – but no bid has yet been made
DERBY County striker Steve Davies is on Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell’s wanted list – though the Blues boss is yet to make a firm offer.
Reports yesterday suggested that Town have already lodged a �500,000 bid for the transfer-listed front man, with Rams boss Nigel Clough holding out for a fee of closer to �1m for his wantaway star.
However, the EADT and Ipswich Star understands that while Jewell has put the 24-year-old towards the top of his transfer wish list, he has so far only tested the water with a tentative enquiry.
Davies certainly ticks a number of boxes in that he is a goalscorer, versatile, still relatively young and, most importantly, available.
Despite the fact that the Rams activated a clause which entitled them to extend the striker’s contract by an extra year at the end of the season just gone, the striker soon put in a transfer request citing ‘genuine family reasons’. County boss Clough is now looking to cash in on the player rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.
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Jewell is keen to strengthen a strike force which currently only consists of Michael Chopra, Jason Scotland – who looks set to sign a new deal – and youngster Ronan Murray.
And the Blues boss is a known admirer of Davies having brought the fellow Liverpudlian to Pride Park for a potential tribunal fee of �725,000 from Tranmere Rovers in 2008.
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A succession of serious injuries, including a fractured skull and cruciate knee ligament damage, has limited Davies to little more than 50 starts during his four seasons at the club. He has still become a fans’ favourite though, scoring 21 goals – 12 of which came last season.
Although 6ft 1in tall, Davies is much more than just a target man and has a good all-round game, possessing the ability to score a variety of different goals. His ability to play on the left of midfield – an area vacated by departing loanee Daryl Murphy – could also prove attractive to Jewell.
It’s understood that the Blues boss has held discussions with West Ham about the possibility of taking Sam Baldock on a season-long loan, though London-based Championship rivals Crystal Palace and Charlton are also said to be interested.