Sky Blues ready to make move for Big Dave
By Martin Swain
Sep 4, 2004, 11:59
Albion folk hero Darren Moore has become the top target among Gary Megson's
promotion specialists for a move to the Championship.
Coventry are among a cluster of clubs eyeing the man nicknamed "Big Dave" by
Baggies fans after his key roles in two triumphant promotion campaigns.
This week's three-player swoop took Albion's summer recruitment total to 11
new players - and that has left Championship clubs looking at manager
Megson's fringe men with envious eyes.
Moore, the powerful central defender, tops their list with Coventry certain
bidders after selling Calum Davenport to Tottenham for £3m this week.
Scouts flocked to Elland Road on Thursday night to watch an Albion reserves
side containing Moore, Sean Gregan, James O'Connor and Ronnie Wallwork.
Gregan remains a target for Leeds and manager Kevin Blackwell saw the
transfer-seeking utility player produce an impressive performance. At the
moment, however, Blackwell is struggling to raise the £400,000 asking price.
Strikers Geoff Horsfield, who has now won promotions to the Premiership with
three different clubs, and Rob Hulse are also names regularly on the lips of
Horsfield has helped take Fulham, Birmingham City and the Baggies up.
But he is likely to be the man who misses out now that Robbie Earnshaw has
arrived from Cardiff to partner Kanu in Albion's attack.
But it is the towering Moore who is attracting particular interest now that
he finds himself behind Thomas Gaardsoe, Darren Purse and Martin Albrechtsen
in the pecking order.
Albion paid £750,000 for his services midway through the club's first
promotion campaign and he became a huge hit with the fans.
He has fought back bravely from cruciate ligament damage only to find that
Albion's quest for a stronger squad has made his once automatic selection
become a thing of the past.