Pearson Laughs Off Mark Davies Transfer Talk

  • April 18, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has laughed off speculation linking him with a £2million move for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies.

Leicester recently won promotion to the Premier League and, combined with Burnley losing at Blackpool on Good Friday, can clinch the Championship title with victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday lunchtime.

With transfer plans already focused on keeping the Foxes in the top-tier of English football next term, Davies had been linked with a return to the club he represented during a loan spell in 2008. Pearson says there is no truth in the rumours, though, and says some of the players he is being linked with aren't good enough to get in his current squad.

"As soon as we (secured promotion) agents link us with players, I have absolutely no intention of following up," Pearson told The Express.

"The vast majority of the names we're looking at you've probably never even heard of.

"Our recruitment strategy is exactly the same as it was before, it is just that we may be able to move a little bit quicker.

"We have an opportunity to maybe do a little bit of early business, but some of the names I've been told we've been linked with I've laughed at.

"Some of those names probably aren't in the right sort of shape to get in our side to start with."

Despite being 100% fit, Davies has missed Bolton's last four games. Recent reports suggested the reason behind the 26-year-old's omission was down to transfer speculation, but Pearson's Wanderers counterpart, Dougie Freedman, says he is keeping a close eye on the fitness of his midfield playmaker, although he hasn't completely ruled out selling him in the summer.

"My problem with him is that he had such a long time off - nine months - and I threw him right back into the deep end," Freedman told The Bolton News.

"I just felt that he had a bit of a burnout and developed that groin problem, so I'm really being over-cautious on him.

"He won't feature against Charlton for the same reason.

"If people come in for any of my players, then the first conversation would be 'do you want to stay?'

"If the answer is 'yes' then I'd keep them, no doubt. But everything is for sale. It would be silly to say you'd answer every question with a 'no'.

"Everything is looked at and has a value on it, and if a player says to me he'd like to move on then I'd move anyone on that doesn't want to be here."

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