Kevin Davies bid rejected

Sunderland rebuffed in bid for Bolton skipper Davies as Coyle vows to fight for striker

Sunderland have had a bid for Bolton striker Kevin Davies rejected, Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill has confirmed.

Earlier Trotters boss Owen Coyle revealed he had received a phone call from O'Neill about the player – and that he told the Northern Irishman he wants to keep hold of the striker.

Davies, who is is out of contract in the summer, has lost his place in the Wanderers first XI this season, but Coyle remains adamant the 34-year-old has a future at the Reebok Stadium and has stressed the situation will only change if the player himself expresses a desire to move on.

End of an era: Kevin Davies has lost his place in the Bolton team

End of an era: Kevin Davies has lost his place in the Bolton team

'When Martin rang last week it was just an enquiry,' Coyle said. 'There was no offer made. He wanted to know the situation and I told him quite clearly, I didn't want Kevin Davies going anywhere.

'I'm not encouraging anything for Kevin Davies, because we want him here as the captain. It (a bid) won't change my outlook. I want Kevin Davies here, regardless of what offer is made.

'The only thing that would change that circumstance is if Kevin Davies said to me “gaffer, I think I want to look at that” – then that is different, because I have to understand Kevin's feelings on that.

'But he is our captain, he has been a huge part of Bolton Wanderers and he will continue to be.'

O'Neill added: 'We would have to organise something with Bolton first of all and at the moment, we seem to be apart in those aspects. But perhaps later on today, I might have a better idea.'

O'Neill also confirmed that midfielder Craig Gardner will not be allowed to leave the club ahead of tomorrow's transfer deadline.