Today, Owen Coyle has effectively ended speculation linking Newcastle United with midfield battler, Mark Davies.
The midfielder was one of very few stand-out players at Bolton Wanderers last term- a season which saw them relegated to the second tier of English football.
Back in May, a source close Newcastle United issued this statement: “They have had their eye on him for some time now and so if all goes well then Mark will be a Newcastle player this summer.”
However, Coyle has today told BBC Radio Manchester: “I’m an open book and I’ve always told you if there’s been interest in my players. “There have been no phone calls, no dialogue, nothing about Mark Davies.”
Coyle added: “It’s just the usual paper speculation and conjecture, and for anybody out there who thinks what happened to Bolton Wanderers and losing our place in the Premier League would mean any of our players will be leaving on a whim, they’re sadly mistaken.”
“Mark Davies, Adam Bogdan, Chung-Yong Lee – these are all lads that I’ve tied up on long-term contracts and we did that because we want them to be the nucleus of the team that drives us forward.
“As far as I’m concerned, all of those players are scheduled to be with us next season and looking to get us back into the Premier League.”
Davies, who signed from Wolves in January 2009, scored four times in 43 appearances for Wanderers in 2011-12.
In recent weeks, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the player’s future, with one source claiming yesterday that Liverpool were preparing a £6 million bid for the English middle man.
However, I do not think this transfer evaluation from Click Lancashire is anywhere near the mark. When we had been previously linked with the player back in March, he was given a £3 million estimated transfer value – a price more befitting of his potential.
However, all this seems irrelevant now. It looks as though Owen Coyle wont budge, and is determined to get his team back up to the Premiership first time of asking. He won’t be able to so this without players like Mark, with 15 players having already left the Lancashire club this Summer.
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