Newcastle United are preparing a £3 million move for 23-year-old Bolton midfielder Mark Davies, according to a report in the Evening Chronicle. Alan Pardew is said to be keen on the idea of bringing in a new box-to-box midfielder to strengthen his options alongside Yohan Cabaye and with the future of Danny Guthrie (who himself is only 24) still up in the air as his contract runs out in June. Despite an impressive run of games no extension has yet been agreed for Guthrie, who played for Bolton before Newcastle signed him some years ago. Davies, whose contract at Bolton doesn't run out until July 2015, has played 91 times for Bolton with 50 starts and has contributed 6 goals since joining the club in 2009 from his home town team Wolverhampton Wanderers. He signed originally on a four and a half year contract but his impressive performances saw him win a one year extension last year. He has played six times for England at Under 19 level. Reports are that Newcastle will make a cut-price move for the player if Bolton are relegated but boss Owen Coyle will be keen to keep hold of one his big prospects. Coyle said previously of the player;
Marks style of play is a rare commodity. There are not many midfielders around who can keep the ball like he does.When Mark is at his best he drives forward and takes people on. The best example of that was Paul Gascoigne who could drive with the ball.Mark has a long way to go to get to that level, he has got to get a level of consistency into his game. But he has got great quick feet and he has got an end product to his play as well.He also has great fitness levels, with continued development in the next six to 12 months he could go on to play for anybody. There is no doubt he has a huge career ahead of him.