Sheffield Wednesday: Jones silent on Davies link

Kevin Davies has been strongly linked with the Owls
Kevin Davies has been strongly linked with the Owls
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones has refused to comment on Kevin Davies after being strongly linked with the Bolton striker.

It is understood that Davies is one of the forwards about whom Jones has inquired and that he may not have give up hope of landing the 35-year-old Sheffielder before next Thursday’s loan deadline.

One stumbling block is an apparent reluctance by Bolton to let him go as they are challenging for the play-offs.

But Davies could look favourably on a move to his home city, where he grew up as a Sheffield United fan, especially if was with the prospect of a full transfer in the summer. He has yet to receive an offer from Bolton, and his current deal runs out this year.

Although he is no longer an automatic first-team choice for the eighth-placed Trotters, he has either started or gone on as a sub in recent games.

Manager Dougie Freedman has been fielding one central striker, most recently David Ngog, with another forward just behind him. Bolton’s other striker contenders are Chris Eagles, Kevin and Craig Davies and Marvin Sordell.

The Wednesday target is said to be attracting other Championship clubs, including Barnsley.

Manager David Flitcroft comes from Bolton and has links with the Trotters. He currently has four strikers in a rotation policy - Chris O’Grady, Chris Dagnall, Jason Scotland and Marlon Harewood - and has said his priorities are a left back and a centre half.

With the Owls now in need of at least one striker, it has placed a fresh focus on their January decision to let O’Grady go to Oakwell on loan for the rest of the season.

But Jones had to balance signings with outgoings. O’Grady was not getting in the Wednesday team and his exit contributed towards the freeing of funds for the arrivals the same month of Leroy Lita, Danny Pugh and Connor Wickham.

Davies played under Jones at Southampton.