McClaren confirms Davis admiration
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
McClaren has been linked with a bid for Davis, also a target for Everton, throughout the close season and has identified the former England Under-21 star as the ideal replacement for Geremi.
The Cameroon international spent last season on loan at the Riverside, but despite being keen to sign the former Real Madrid ace, Boro could not agree a fee with his Spanish club.
Geremi has now completed a £7 million move to Chelsea, and McClaren is still searching for midfield reinforcements.
"The team is good but the squad needs strengthening," the former England coach told the BBC.
"I need players to improve my squad because we haven't really replaced what we lost last season and Sean Davis is certainly a player I admire.
"Sean is a player I have always admired and obviously there is speculation about him wanting to leave Fulham, but at the present moment there is nothing going on to indicate that he is coming to Middlesbrough.
"I think Fulham don't really want to sell him and I can understand that."
However, McClaren is hopeful of adding to his squad options before the new season kicks off but admitted his frustration at the lengthy process involved in transfer dealings.
"We haven't got a replacement for Geremi yet, Ugo Ehiogu is injured for quite a while and we need that depth in squad.
"Sean is a player who I would be interested in if an opportunity arose.
"But the frustrating thing for all managers is spending time negotiating with agents and other managers.
"That is keeping myself away from the training field which I don't like - I prefer being on the field."