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Tough tackler makes move ‘Up North’
Bolton have signed Sean Davis on a free transfer – six months after Portsmouth rejected their £3.5m bid for the former England under-21 midfield man.
The 29-year-old moves to Bolton on a three-year contract after his Fratton Park deal expired.
Bolton boss Gary Megson said: “Sean made 40 appearances last season and he will strengthen our midfield.
“We wanted to bring him to the Reebok in January but our bid of £3.5m was turned down by Portsmouth.”
Megson added: “We are delighted to have signed such an experienced Premier League footballer.
London-born Davis has made nearly 200 top-flight appearances with Fulham, Tottenham and Portsmouth. He won 12 England under-21 international caps between 2000 and 2002.
“I am happy my future has been sorted out,” he told www.bwfc.co.uk. “I wanted to move to a club where I can play my football and be appreciated. (BBC Sport)
Sean Davis had been trying to secure a long term deal with the Fratton Park side for the best part of 18 months but it appears that he had enough with Portsmouth‘s dilly dallying and he has now made a free transfer move to the Reebok. Incredible to think, as this source points out, that essentially the south coast club lost out on £3.5m but perhaps they deemed that the former Spurs man was integral to their fight for survival and thus decided that it was financially better for the side to turn down the January bid.
The tough tackling 29 year old rose to prominence during his eight year stint at Fulham which then led to a stuttering two years at Tottenham but saw his career take an upward turn whilst under Harry Redknapp’s guidance at Pompey. This is a good bit of business by Gary Megson and helps beef up their midfield.