Smith - Davis price too high
Walter Smith has admitted that Fulham's asking price for midfielder Steven Davis is too high.
Last Updated: 11/07/08 10:15am
Rangers manager Walter Smith has admitted that Fulham's asking price for Steven Davis is too high.
Smith is keen to bolster his midfield following the news that captain Barry Ferguson will miss the start of the new season with an ankle injury.
Davis spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at Ibrox, and the Gers are keen to secure the Northern Ireland international on a permanent basis.
But Smith has conceded that Fulham's demands - reportedly in the region of £4million - may price them out of a summer swoop for the 23-year-old.
"We've been looking for another midfielder anyway so we have an idea of players who are out there and available," Smith told the Scottish Sun.
"Steve Davis is obviously a player we know, but the money Fulham are talking about is too much for us."
Meanwhile, Smith has explained that Ferguson's injury is 'totally unrelated' to the issue that plagued him for much of last term.
He said: "Barry had the problem with his foot throughout last season and took an injection. But this is totally unrelated.
"He basically went over on his ankle and that was it. He's had it scanned and it turns out he's damaged ligaments - but it's not the problem he had previously.
"I know it was described as his ankle last season, but it was more to do with the base of his foot."