Boro turn to Davis
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Teesside outfit are desperate to bolster their midfield and have already missed out on the likes of David Dunn, Geremi and Flavio Conceicao this summer.
Boro boss Steve McClaren has completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Doriva but is still striving to buttress his engine room.
Fulham youngster Davis has now emerged as McClaren's principal target ahead of the challenge to secure a place in Europe.
McClaren is believed to be plotting a £4.5 million bid for Davis and would include Welsh international goalkeeper Crossley in the deal.
Everton have already failed with an offer in the region of £3.5 million for Davis this summer with Fulham wanting £7 million to do business.
But if Boro dangle the carrot of Crossley, they may be able to convince the West London outfit to part company with the ex-England Under-21 international.
Fulham need an experienced keeper to cover for the impending departure of Maik Taylor, and manager Chris Coleman would be keen to acquire the services of his former international colleague Crossley.
Despite McClaren's eagerness to bolster his midfield, he must also decide whether Davis is worth the gamble as the 23-year-old will miss the opening weeks of the season with a knee injury.
Davis, hardly a regular scorer, netted in both games against Boro last season - a last-minute equaliser at The Riverside, and the winner in the live televised fixture at Loftus Road.
Meanwhile, Fulham are believed to be the Premiership club who made an enquiry for Rangers ace Fernando Ricksen.
Fulham are understood to have been prepared to fork out £4 million for the Dutch international but it appears The Gers want the player to stay at Ibrox.