Rangers have confirmed they have accepted a fee from Southampton for Steven Davis and will now agree to his move to St Mary’s. The deal is believed to be worth around £800,000 and will allow the Northern Ireland captain to officially become a Saint.
Davis had originally agreed to join Southampton earlier this month but his registration was held up by Rangers. The former Scottish Premier League side disputed the actions of Davis and his former team-mates, who all acted as free agents in finding new clubs.
Rangers had previously refused to grant clearance for the move to go ahead, but with a transfer fee now agreed; it is simply a matter of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.
Steven Naismith, Jamie Ness, Kyle Lafferty and Steven Whittaker, the other headline departures from Rangers, were all granted provisional clearance by football’s governing body, FIFA, yesterday.
Southampton, seemingly, decided against an intervention from FIFA and negotiated directly with the Scottish club for the permanent transfer of Davis.
Speaking to TeamTalk, Davis welcomed news of the deal finally being concluded:
“I’m delighted to get everything sorted. There was an element of uncertainty at how long it would take to get the transfer papers through, so I have to give credit to the executive chairman Nicola Cortese for wanting to get it done and removing the need for things to drag on any longer.”
Davis has signed a contract until 2016.