Sunderland to make fresh move for Bolton captain Kevin Davies on a free transfer this summer

The Black Cats, who tried to sign the 34-year-old in January, will renew their interest in the summer with striker Davies one of 10 Wanderers players out of contract
By Greg Stobart | Northern Correspondent

Sunderland will renew their interest in Bolton captain Kevin Davies when he becomes available on a free transfer in the summer.

Black Cats manager Martin O’Neill tried to sign the striker in January to bolster is injury-plagued strikeforce but ran out of time to conclude a deal with the Trotters.

But he will make another attempt to bring Davies to the Stadium of Light at the end of the season, when the 34-year-old will be out of contract.

Davies is believed to earn around £35,000-a-week and is unlikely to extend his stay at Bolton as manager Owen Coyle plans a summer clearout regardless of whether his side stay in the Premier League.

Davies, who joined Bolton in 2003, has made 22 Premier League appearances this season but is frustrated after being reduced largely to a role as a substitute.

O’Neill is a huge admirer of the former Southampton man and believes he would provide a useful option as a targetman for the Wearsiders, whose frontline is currently led by on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

Davies, who has also been linked with Wolves and Everton, is one of 10 players out of contract in the summer and Bolton are eager to refresh their squad and trim the wage bill.

The club’s last accounts revealed debts of £110 million and Coyle has been warned he will have to work under a strict budget as Wanderers look to get their finances under control.