McCarthy targeting keeper
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy is chasing Ipswich's Kelvin Davis.
Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy is surprisingly in the market for a new goalkeeper after targeting Ipswich Town's Kelvin Davis.
The Black Cats have Mart Poom and Thomas Myhre on their books and McCarthy rates young Ben Alnwick extremely highly.
When Estonia number one Poom, a crowd favourite, was injured during the Championship title-winning season, Norwegian Myhre deputised with distinction before also being sidelined in the run-in.
Alnwick impressed when replacing Michael Ingham, who has since departed for Wrexham, and the goalkeeping position was not thought to be a priority for McCarthy as he builds a squad capable of competing in The Premiership.
However, Ipswich boss Joe Royle has confirmed that Davis is another of his players being pursued by The Black Cats.
"We've had an enquiry about Kelvin and I can confirm that there is serious interest in him from Sunderland," Royle told Ipswich's official website.
Davis was named in the PFA Team of the Season and the 28-year-old is highly thought of at Portman Road.
Sunderland are also closing in on Tommy Miller, who has so far failed to agree new terms with Town, and have showed an interest in Ipswich striker Darren Bent.