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Rumour Mill-Ripe Old Kevin Davies?

Rumour Mill-Ripe Old Kevin Davies?

Burnley could be struggling to retain the services of three of their key strikers namely Charlie Austin, Martin Paterson and Danny Ings so it looks pretty clear we are going to need to find replacements in that department before the new season kicks-off.

So who could be on the shortlist and who might we be able to attract? The Sunday tabloids believe one such target could be 36 year old, England international striker, Kevin Davies. Davies was released by Bolton this summer following the announcement back in March that he would not be offered a new deal. He did not play another game after the announcement and is now looking for another club.

Sean Dyche knows Davies pretty well and back in the 1990's they both played alongside each other for Chesterfield. Davies eventually left to have his first spell at Southampton signing for the Saints in May 1997 for £750,000. In July 1998, he was on the move again this time signing for Blackburn Rovers (Oops!) with Southampton making nearly a ten-fold profit on the amount they paid for him after Rovers forked out £7.5 million. The move did not work out and indeed Blacburn were relegated. In August 1999 he returned to Southampton and also had a spell out on loan to Millwall before being released in the summer of 2003. Bolton mopped up the striker on a free and since that time he has played over 350 games for them, scoring 74 goals.

It would appear quite a few clubs may have their eyes on the veteran striker. It had been thought he might return to his hometown city and play for Sheffield Wednesday but that looks to have fallen through. One other perhaps surprising link was a reported interest by newly promoted Premier League club, Hull City who seem to be in the market for every known striker including our own Charlie Austin and Rovers' Jordan Rhodes.

So is Davies the sort of player we should be bringing to Turf Moor? Are you worried about his age? Could he still deliver at Championship level? Why not let us know and comment beneath this article?

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Date:Sunday June 23 2013
Time: 10:01AM


Is that really the level of our ambition? A 36 year old Bolton reject on a free? This club is in danger of imploding if true. Can't retain players and can't attract players of a high enough quality? What was the point of that promotion, can anybody really tell me what it achieved other than paying off the black hole with the parachute payments then keeping us afloat after the Board simply failed to do enough to try and keep us up in the top flight and try and get us back? We will never be able to compete at the salary levels this club are now expecting players to accept. The more it seems to me this club has the mentality and ambition of being in League 1. The club's actions do nothing to think otherwise. Wing and a prayer and punching above our weight? Back to the days of Cotterill, it seems!! [Edited by turfmanphil]
23/06/2013 10:08:00
A backward step as a replacement striker. We should at least be looking for potential, not reject has beens.
23/06/2013 10:28:00
Dear god if these are the players we as a Club are looking to sign, we have the wrong manager.
23/06/2013 10:54:00
Rediculous comment Turfmanphil. Kevin Phillips scored the goal to take Crystal Palace to the premier league. If you can score goals age shouldn't matter. We need quality players whatever their age, potential is the ideal way such as Ings but a blend of youth and experience can also work. All clubs have to be more financially viable under the new league rules. We have to accept that as well as mistakes were made when we were briefly in the premier league
Ian Chase
23/06/2013 12:09:00
Maybe but Kevin Davies wasn't even considered good enough by Bolton to try and get them into the play-offs! The Board are now seeing the effects of underinvestment in players , a process which started in the top flight! They are now using the FIFA Fair Play ruling as an excuse for their lack of ambition and it will bite them in the bum! Gates will continue to fall, season ticket sales drop, revenue fall and therefore with even less turnover, FIFA Fair Play will penalise us again!
23/06/2013 13:57:00
Blackpool are among a host of Championship clubs interested, while Premier League side Sunderland have also been linked. Davies has recently returned from Barbados and is due to speak to clubs this week before making a decision over his future
24/06/2013 10:23:00
i sometime believe TMP can be slightly cynical at times and feel a balanced view needs to be put forward, as indeed ian chase did ( thanks to that), ian . And it does need to be considered in the bigger picture that an experienced player of kevin's ability could be brought in cheaply............. unfortunalty TMP is absolutely 100% correct ( it pains me to admit that) what the bloody hell are we doing considering this player????
24/06/2013 14:29:00
'Balanced' views have kept us where we are for season after season,midtable,punching above our weight. its time for change and a new more ambitious attitude! The only season we had success is when Flood released the purse strings and Coyle did the rest! Once success achieved for the first time in 33 years they bugger it up and we are back to where we were before Coyle arrived, in fact with FIFA Fair play,probably in a worse state.
24/06/2013 15:30:00
if we were considering Davies as a part of a bigger picture which contained other more interesting parts then who knows?
24/06/2013 21:47:00
I am struggling to see any picture at the moment! The club seems to be drifting rudderless. What exactly is their 3,5,10 year plan? Do they have one? Is the 'bigger picture' to lose key strikers & midfielders and replace them with free aging, had-their-day players willing to accept cheap wages? God help us!!
27/06/2013 07:24:00
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