SUNDERLAND will pursue their interest in Kevin Davies today, despite having a bid in excess of £1m for the Bolton talisman turned down over the weekend.
Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill is desperate to reinforce his front-line ahead of the closure of the January transfer window tomorrow night and he believes the bustling Trotters front-man is just the man to plug the gaps for the Wearsiders up front.
The 34-year-old is out of contract this summer and expected to leave the Reebok after many years of sterling service.
O’Neill knows that the grafting targetman would benefit Sunderland’s current squad which has plenty of young players to work off him.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle, though, is unconvinced about the wisdom of allowing Davies to leave in this window.
Coyle said: “Martin rang me and said there was an interest, what was the situation? I was up front and honest and told him Kevin was a big part of my plans. I don’t want Kevin going anywhere. Kevin knows that because we’ve had that chat.”
Last night, however, O’Neill said he would be returning to test Bolton’s resolve – his worry being that injuries could easily wreck Sunderland’s revival if one or two players are not added before the window closes.
“I think that obviously the concern is that come Wednesday morning and the transfer window closing – that’s it!” he said.
“On top of that, we’ve got a couple of injuries to contend with – injuries that are ongoing and injuries from this game.
“I’m delighted with Fraizer Campbell coming back into the team and scoring and that helps enormously of course. But I still think we should have a look at the transfer market even if we’re unable to do something.
“I think we’ll have a good look at the transfer market and try to bolster the squad. As far as the Kevin Davies situation is concerned, I don’t really want to comment, but it is something we’ll be looking at.”