Football: Southampton to give Davies second chance

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KEVIN DAVIES is on his way out of Blackburn Rovers and heading back to Southampton, writes Alan Nixon.

The striker's stay at Ewood Park could be over today as the clubs discuss a deal that could see him return to The Dell for pounds 2m. Rovers are trying to take the Norwegian Egil Ostenstad in the transfer, and are willing to pay cash on top.

The England Under-21 striker has had a miserable time at Blackburn since his pounds 7.5m move a season ago, scoring just two League goals. Their manager, Brian Kidd, has started with Davies in his team this season, but his form has been poor and, although Jack Walker is a fan, the player will be sold.

The price tag has weighed Davies down but he is still young enough to make an impact and Southampton are ready to give him a second chance. Leeds had an offer for Ostenstad rejected last week but he is for sale for around pounds 3m.

Derby have started negotiations to resurrect their pounds 2.3m swoop for the Argentinian striker Esteban Fuertes from Colon De Santa Fe. Officials from the South American side have been in Derby since Saturday for talks with the Rams, chief executive, Keith Loring, in an attempt to secure the deal.

Liverpool's Rigobert Song and Coventry's Mustapha Hadji are in a World XI to play a in match honouring Nelson Mandela, who stepped down as South Africa's president in June. They will face a Mandela XI in Johannesburg today.