For most Bolton Wanderers fans, it would be nothing short of devastating to see club legend Super Kevin Davies in another team's shirt. After all, at the end of this season, SKD will have been with the Trotters for almost (just days shy of) ten years. Many of the fans' finest memories feature the club captain and while the debate rages on about his effectiveness on the pitch, his commitment to the cause can not be doubted.
That is why a story out of the Bolton News today is a little bit unsettling. According to the paper, Sheffield Wednesday are looking to bring in Super Kev on loan until the end of the season (when his current Bolton deal expires). The transfer window runs until next Thursday, the 28th of March. SKD played under current Wednesday manager Dave Jones in his time at Southampton.
The BN also mentions that there are other clubs (confirmed to all be in the Championship), aside from Wednesday, that are interested in the 35-year-old's services.
The report has been confirmed by a source close to the matter.
Davies was born in Sheffield but grew up a Sheffield United fan (Wednesday's arch-rivals) as a boy, coming up through the Blades' academy. As he revealed to us in our exclusive interview with the captain, he had turned down approaches from Sunderland and Houston Dynamo last year in order to stay with Bolton Wanderers.
Many Bolton fans will want to see Davies retire with a Whites shirt on his back. He doesn't have the legs that he once did but that hasn't denied Kevin's desire to play. The big man has participated in 35 league matches this season and 38 in all competitions, starting 28 of those games. He has six goals and six assists on the season. If nothing else, his experience is surely vital to the club.
Because his contract expires just shy of ten years at the club, he is set to not be handed a testimonial per club rules. However, John McGinlay was handed a testimonial after just five years with Bolton.
Needless to say, we'd like to see Kevin Davies stay and extend his contact, hopefully with a transition to coaching in the process.
UPDATE 1: Davies was set to appear on talkSPORT later today. That appearance has been postponed to Tuesday but many ears will still be on him to see if he mentions the interest in him.
UPDATE 2: BBC journalist Rob Staton added the following:
Asked #SWFC about link to Kevin Davies. Interest wasn't ruled out although nothing imminent and no moves expected before weekend.— Rob Staton (@robstaton) March 22, 2013