Rangers want to keep Fulham's Davis

Walter Smith wants to offer on-loan midfielder Steve Davis a permanent deal to stay at Rangers.

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Davis was outstanding as Rangers dumped Sporting Lisbon out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday night and has rekindled some of the early promise which saw him named Aston Villa Young Player of the Year in 2005-06.

And Smith admitted he would be keen to secure the Northern Ireland captain on a £3million end of season deal from Fulham.

He said: "I haven't really spoken with Steven but I need to. His situation is different from Christian Dailly's because he was released by West Ham and free to sign for us whereas Steve is on loan. He will revert back to his club at the end of the season.

"There is an option to make the deal permanent but that doesn't count for much. A lot of other clubs will be interested in hi m.

"We would like to keep him but that might be a little more awkward than it looks."

Any potential transfer could be scuppered by Premiership clubs Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Everton who have all been credited with an interest in the Northern Ireland captain.

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