Bolton Wanderers cool talk of QPR offer for Mark Davies

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WANDERERS have shrugged off speculation linking midfielder Mark Davies with a £3million move to QPR.

Reports yesterday claimed that Harry Redknapp was ready to add the 26-year-old to his squad as he prepares for a new season in the Premier League.

But the rumour was batted away by sources at the club, who insist no contact has been made.

Davies has been linked with a steady stream of clubs over the last 18 months with Leicester City and Swansea City both long-time admirers of the talented former England youth player.

Wanderers are in a strong position should any interest materialise, however, with Dougie Freedman having secured his playmaker to a long-term contract last year that keeps him at the club until at least 2017.

Of more pressing interest to the Whites boss is making sure he can bank on the talented midfielder more often, with pre-season training now less than a fortnight away.

Davies managed just 18 games last season, scoring his solitary goal in the 5-1 thrashing of Leeds United.

Injuries were again a major factor for the former Wolves man, with a ruptured cruciate ligament accounting for the first few months of the campaign.

Davies then missed the final eight games because of groin problems, prompting his manager to issue a challenge for him to come back stronger.

“He needs to work on his condition,” Freedman told The Bolton News.

“You need to be very conditioned to play in my kind of team.

“When Mark gets his condition to where I believe it should be then his quality should make him a huge asset.”

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