29 August 2007 :: by
Today Tranmere Rovers announced that they had turned down a third bid from Leeds United for 19-years-old
winger Steve Davies. Although that would seem to be the end for Wise's hope of signing Davies their official website also confirmed that they have been in negotiations with Davies over a new contract for some time without success. Moreover, Dennis Wise will gain further hope from the comments of Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore who said,
"Clubs have much less power than they used to, even with young players, and there is only so much we can do.
"It is not a matter of the Club wanting or needing to sell, quite often the decision is based on what the player wants to do."
This begs the question what if Davies and his agent decide his future looks rosier at Elland Road than at Tranmere Rovers? What would Tranmere do? Moore has said that he doesn't want to sell at all let alone to a League One rival - but Moore has an even greater fear in his mind than that scenario. He is scared of losing Davies for nothing. The interest of Leeds has alerted clubs north of the border to the potential of Davies and Moore was referring to the unfortunate experience of Oldham Athletic when he said,
"...their leading scorer from last season, Chris Porter, moved to Scotland and they didn't receive a transfer fee or compensation even though he is under 24 years old because it is a different country."
With two days to go before the transfer deadline the agony for Rovers fans is not yet over.
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