Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Davenport Keen on Cats Return; Davenport Keen on Black Cats Return

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Davenport Keen on Cats Return; Davenport Keen on Black Cats Return

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS

CALUM Davenport is still hoping to secure a permanent move to Sunderland - despite the Black Cats making Manchester City skipper Richard Dunne their main defensive target, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

Davenport was signed by previous boss Ricky Sbragia and after a long wait for a first team debut he posted some impressive dis- plays as Sunderland battled to stay in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old stated his desire to stay on Wearside several times during his loan spell and Sbragia indicated an aspiration to keep him at Sunderland - but the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager and the Ellis Short takeover has shifted the financial parameters at the Stadium of

Light. Sunderland remain keen to strengthen at the back but it is Manchester City defender Dunne - wanted by Roy Keane last summer while the Citizens still harboured serious money worries - who has re-emerged as a target, putting any move for Davenport into doubt.

Still, the West Ham defender's representatives will seek talks

Turn to Page 69 with new boss Bruce when the pair return from holiday next week to find out if there is a place in Sunderland's plans for him next season.

The Stadium of Light appears his preferred destination, but there is interest from Premier League newcomers Wolves to fall back on if Sunderland opt for other targets.

A source close to Davenport told The Journal: "Of course Calum's still interested in moving to Sunderland. He loved the club, the people and staff there and fitted in well with the other players. He loved his time in the North East and if there was a chance to go back he'd definitely be interested. "Of course, with there being a new manager next season he's not really sure where he stands. It all depends on whether Steve Bruce sees a role for him. …

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