Bolton have valued their midfielder Mark Davies at £3.5M.
Mark Davies – priced at £3.5M by Bolton
Of course for a side that has just been relegated and have to cut their wage bill, they are hardly in a strong position of getting the price they ask , when trying to sell some of their players.
There’s a difference between what you want and what you can get, especially when a club have just been relegated.
Newcastle have been linked with the 24-year-old for about six months now, but we wonder if this lad is good enough to make the Newcastle first team?
It would be a surprise if he is, so we’re not quite sure why Newcastle are even interested in Mark, unless he’s meant to be a squad player to replace Danny Guthrie, who will leave in the summer on a free transfer.
Davies was born in Wolverhampton, and was at his home town club until January of 2009, when he joined Bolton on a four-and-a-half-year contract, for an undisclosed fee .
Mark did represent England at U16, U17 and U19 level but nothing at the higher levels, although he was called up for the England U21 squad three times in total, and twice last year, but each time he was forced to pull out through injury.
The right footed 5’11” tall central midfielder, by our reckoning, has played a total of 103 times for Bolton with 6 goals.
And since he has only one year left on his contract, that should bring his transfer price down a bit, because Newcastle could presumably hold off on the player until next summer, when they could get him on a free transfer.
The news is that Bolton manager Owen Coyle wants to keep Davies at the Reebok Stadium, so that the Trotters can mount an immediate challenge for promotion next season.
It may just be us, but we think Newcastle can get better central midfield players than Davies.
What do you think?