Curtis Davis seems determined to move away from West Bromwich Albion this summer. His first request for a transfer was turned down by the club but he will keep turning in transfer requests until WBA eventually let him go. There’s really not much a club can do if a player, and Davis is also the WBA captain, wants away.
Newcastle and Tottenham are the two clubs that have been keeping an eye on the situation but with the imminent signing of Rozehnal it’s not clear that Newcastle need a young center-back now. Big Sam has said he wants an experienced central defender to help the youngsters along â€“ but such a player may not be available.
Davies’ agent Phil Sproson told the Daily Express last night:
“Curtis is to hand another request. We expect it to be rejected again, but if it happens we will hand in another one.
“When we met West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace, I said to him, ‘Where do Albion go when their captain wants to leave?’
“Surely it would be in everyone’s interest to get a reasonable price for the player. Albion would make a profit on the Â£3million they paid to sign him from Luton two years ago and could use that to bring in new players.”
Curtis Davis added:
“I’m not doing this because of any problems with the boss or the fans – but because I need to better myself,”
“I don’t see any logic in the price that Albion have put one me. I don’t see how they can come up with that valuation.
“I’ve only played one season in the top flight.
“Missing the Under 21 Championship has set me back in people’s eyes. If I miss out on the Premiership for another year it will be even worse.”
Curtis Davis – who is 6′ 2″ – and turned 22 in March – made his start at Luton Town in 2003 and played 56 games for them scoring 2 goals. He moved in a Â£3M transfer in 2005 to WBA where he has played 65 times and scored 2 goals. He has played 3 times for the England Under-21 team and had to withdraw through injury from the England squad that reached the semi-final this week.
It remains to be seen whether Newcastle will attempt to sign Davis – but certainly the transfer fee of Â£10M is way out of line – and Curtis seems to agree with that. If Davis is worth 10M then how much would our own Steven Taylor be worth?