Our friends over at Lion of Vienna Suite remain on top of the Kevin Davies story and have reported this morning that their club icon will not be making the move to Toronto which they first reported earlier this week. The move is not completely off the table but Davies' own comments confirm that it will not be taking place in the coming days as was being widely speculated.
Speaking with The Bolton News Davies issued a statement indicating that he will remain with the Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season despite having been reportedly offered the chance to leave sooner and join Toronto. The following is his statement on the matter:
"It has been a complete rollercoaster since first speaking with Ryan Nelsen on April 18. As it stands today I will not be leaving for Toronto FC, as reported.
My young family and I were naturally very excited about the opportunity of going to Toronto on a short term deal but after legal advice we felt that certain obstacles put in our way were too large to overcome.
"Whilst it has been the toughest month of my 10-year BWFC career I remain, as I always have done, 100 per cent committed to the club. I will finish the season here and continue with my high standards as a professional footballer. I will be ready if the manager needs me and hopefully have a part to play in helping the club return to the Premier League.
"I would like to thank all the fans for their support. As the season and my time with Bolton comes to an end, we will look at the offers received from clubs in both the UK and abroad and decide where my family's future will be.
"I have some fantastic memories of the last 10 years and feel honoured to have been the captain of this great club for the last five years. Hopefully, it will finish with a fairytale ending."
Davies is clear that he will be playing out the rest of the season for Bolton but what he leaves open is his plans for the offseason when he will be out on contract. The issue there is the fact that his move to Toronto was likely going to be on a short term basis as cover until Danny Koevermans is hopefully fit in the coming months. If the move is now delayed until after his contract with Bolton runs out it could mean that he would not be able to make the move to TFC until around the time that Koevermans is hoping to return to full fitness which would make Davies surplus to requirements.
Since he has had talks with Toronto and Ryan Nelsen it is too soon to completely close the door on Davies making a summer move to BMO Field but his statements on Wednesday make the chances of him playing for TFC a lot slimmer.
With deals for Maximiliano Urruti and now Davies falling apart in recent days the question now is where will Toronto turn to find that additional scoring threat that the club seems so keen to add to the roster?