Coyle: Davies can leave if he wants

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Bolton boss Owen Coyle says he wants to keep Kevin Davies at the Reebok Stadium during the January transfer window - but says the situation may change in the next 24 hours if the player demands a move.


Sunderland are reportedly interested in taking Davies, who is out of contract in the summer, to the Stadium of Light before the window slams shut on Tuesday.


Coyle confirmed that he had received a call from Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill regarding the availability of Davies over the weekend, and while no official offer was received, the former Burnley boss insisted he would try and ward off any interest should a concrete offer be forthcoming.


However the Scot said that he may be forced to let his captain leave the club should the player himself express a desire to make the deal happen.


“When Martin rang last week it was just an enquiry," Coyle said on Monday.


"There was no offer made. He wanted to know the situation and I told him quite clearly, I didn't want Kevin Davies going anywhere.


"I'm not encouraging anything for Kevin Davies, because we want him here as the captain. It (a bid) won't change my outlook. I want Kevin Davies here, regardless of what offer is made.


"The only thing that would change that circumstance is if Kevin Davies said to me 'gaffer, I think I want to look at that' - then that is different, because I have to understand Kevin's feelings on that.


"But he is our captain, he has been a huge part of Bolton Wanderers and he will continue to be." He added.


O’Neill admitted on Monday afternoon that he has had a bid turned down for Davies, although talks are expected to continue ahead of the transfer window shutting on Tuesday.


Davies has been forced to fight for his place in the starting line up this season, with the arrival of David Ngog forcing the 34-year-old to spend time on the substitutes bench.


The former Southampton forward featured in Bolton’s F.A Cup 4th round victory over Swansea on Saturday as a 74th minute substitute.

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