LONDON: Fulham's promising young midfielder Sean Davis is being targeted by Middlesbrough after he stunned his London club on Thursday by handing in a transfer request just nine days before the start of the English Premiership season.
Davis, 22, already the subject of a bid from Everton earlier in the summer, said he wanted to further his career by moving to a bigger club.
“I’ve been at Fulham a long time and now I think it is time I moved on,” said Davis.
“It is not a decision I’ve taken lightly and I hope the fans understand, but I’m a very ambitious player and I don’t think Fulham have the necessary ambition any more since they sold Steve Finnan to Liverpool.”
In a statement, Fulham said the club and manager Chris Coleman were dismayed by the move.
“Chris is obviously saddened by the request as he believes that Sean had a huge future at the club and that his career prospects would have been considerably enhanced playing for Fulham in a pivotal role.”
Boro boss Steve McClaren confirmed their interest.
“He’s a player I’ve always admired. I like the way he plays and I’ve followed his progress all the way through,” said McClaren.
“He’s a clever player who fits our profile. He’s English, he’s young and he’s a player that I’ve said if he becomes available, he’s somebody we’d certainly be interested in.” – AFP