Davies completes Blackpool move

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Bristol City’s Steve Davies has agreed terms on a move to Blackpool.

The striker was at Bloomfield Road yesterday to discuss terms and have a medical on the day Michael Chopra’s signing was confirmed.

The player’s medical came back clear this morning and he put pen-to-paper on a two-deal with the option of a further 12 months.

Pool have paid what has been described as a substantial fee for the striker which both clubs have agreed to remain undisclosed.

Chopra arrives at Bloomfield Road after an agreement was made between himself and current club Ipswich Town.

It’s understood the players wages were by far the largest at the club and the Tractor Boys were desperate to trim their wage bill.

A full interview with both players will be in tomorrow’s Gazette, but Chopra has tweeted about his delight.

“It’s a new challenge and a fresh start for me can’t wait to pull on the Blackpool FC shirt and play in front of their great supporters,” he said.

“I would like to thank Ipswich Town Football Club and their fans for the support they have given me in the last 2 years.”

Both players were due to train with their new team mates this morning and will make their debuts against Newcastle United at Bloomfield Road on Sunday.

Liverpudlian Davies is, like Chopra, one who can be included in the proven goal scorer category.

He fired 13 goals for Bristol City in the Championship last season, despite the club’s relegation, following his £750,000 move from Derby last summer.

Speaking about the potential move, Bristol City boss Sean O’Driscoll said there’s little they could do to stand in the striker’s way.

“Every player at this club wants to play in the highest division they can – some of them will have that opportunity, some of them won’t,” he said.

“First and foremost the club has to accept a bid for that to happen, which in this case we have, so the player is free to talk to Blackpool.

“Nobody’s pushing him out of the door, but we’ve accepted a bid because we think it’s a fair one.”

Davies scored against the Seasiders last season in the 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate in November.

Pool will now turn their attentions to former Wolves forward Stephen Hunt who is available on a free transfer following his departure from Wolves this summer.