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Davis' knee is too gammy for Moyes


By Chris Kirwan
August 25 2003

The deal for Sean Davis is off, with the club unwilling to take a risk on a man carrying an injury. After Moyes admitted his interest in Barry Ferguson perhaps it'll be the Rangers skipper who signs before the deadline.

Davis picked up the injury in a pre-season match for Fulham, and the Everton board are quite rightly reluctant to spend a big fee on a man carrying an injury. In a statement on www.evertonfc.com: “After close inspection it is apparent that Sean Davis is presently unable to complete a medical prior to the close of the transfer window. With that in mind we are not able to complete the transfer at present”.

The failure to capture Davis will increase speculation about McManaman and Ferguson. Ferguson would cost a great deal more than Davis, and would possibly mean that Moyes would have nothing left in his kitty to spend on other signings.

The use of the words “at present” suggests that Moyes is still keen on adding Davis to his squad, so perhaps Moyes will add a short term signing to his squad and wait until January before signing Davis. Moyes has been patient in his efforts to sign Davis, and has earmarked Davis as the man to control the Everton midfield. Maybe Moyes will decide that Linderoth, Li Tie, Pembridge and the returning Carlsey and Gemmill can plug the gap until January.

The Blues midfield performed admirably against Fulham, and will need to be at their best again tomorrow. They will come up against a highly competent Charlton midfield. The trio of Jensen, Parker and Holland are fine players, and Linderoth and Pembridge will have to be at their best to limit their influence.

Steve Watson is the only new injury doubt for the Charton game. Alexandersson, Osman and Li Tie would be potential replacements.

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