KEVIN Davies was last night finalising the small details of his move to Toronto FC after being granted permission to sever his ties with Wanderers.

It is understood the club captain has been allowed to quit the Reebok before his current contract expires at the end of June, to pursue a season-long deal in Canada.

Davies had been left out of the 18-man squads against Leicester City and Middlesbrough and was not in line to feature in this weekend’s squad to face champions Cardiff City.

Dougie Freedman has placed his faith in youngster Tom Eaves as strike back-up for Craig Davies and Marvin Sordell, and gave his blessing to the 36-year-old front man to link up with the MLS side, whose season is now six weeks old.

The decision represents a show of goodwill from the Whites, who now heads into the final two games of the campaign, and any potential play-offs, boasting only three recognised strikers on the books.

With details now finalised at the Wanderers end, Davies was simply waiting on Toronto – who are in action against Montreal tonight – to complete their side of the transfer.

It means that the last of the ex-England international’s 407 appearances was made in the 1-0 defeat at Ipswich Town on March 16.

Davies had turned down a deal from Stuart Holden’s former MLS club Houston Dynamo in January because he did not want to move his wife and family from Bolton.

But while offers were on the table from a number of English clubs with next season in mind, the prospect of a short-term move and a fresh start in a new country proved difficult to resist.

It is thought that the transfer will be completed by the time Wanderers travel to South Wales this weekend where a win could cement a play-off spot, depending on results elsewhere.

The nature of the MLS season does, however, mean that Davies could end up back on English soil by the end of the year if he so wishes.

The campaign finishes in October, although the post-season MLS Cup can run into early December for the teams who make it to the finals.

It has become the vogue for many ex-Premier League players to seek short-term loan moves back to native soil, or to train with English clubs over the winter break.

Ex-Wanderer Andy O’Brien, currently plying his trade with Vancouver Whitecaps, worked with the club over the Christmas break.