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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 September, 2003, 12:55 GMT 13:55 UK
Dundee make Davids enquiry
Dundee have set their sights on an extremely ambitious bid to land Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids, BBC Radio Scotland understands.

The 30-year-old former Ajax and AC Milan star is in his sixth year at Juventus but has made it clear he wants to leave the club.

Chelsea were warned off by the Turin giants in July but relations between the club and Davids have deteriorated and the player has signalled his intent to leave on a free transfer next summer.

Juve didn't pick the midfielder for the first four matches of the season, but he was recalled for Saturday's 2-2 draw with Roma - who have also expressed an interest in the player.

With 56 caps for Holland and three Champions League finals under his bellt, Davids would appear to have the pick of any side in the world.

He would also command a handsome wage - in excess of 70,000-a-week - that only the elite clubs in Europe could match.

However, as unlikely as it may seem, BBC Sport has been told by sources at the club that Dundee have opened up talks with the player's representatives.

Former internationals Craig Burley and Fabrizio Ravanelli have recently arrived on Tayside - moves bankrolled by new club director Giovanni di Stefano.

But any bid for Davids would represent a move on a scale never before seen in Scottish football.

Dundee reported losses of 6.6m for last season, a doubling of their net debt and a wage bill that was 154% of turnover.

The arrival of big-earners Burley and Ravanelli will increase the pressure on those unsustainable figures, but di Stefano has pledged to pump money into the club and help clear up the financial mess.

Despite his undoubted ability, Davids has had something of a troubled career and he was given a four-month nandrolone ban after failing a drug test in April 2001.

And the player's notorious hot temper has seen him in trouble on and off the pitch over the years.

It could be that top clubs will be put off by David's reputation as a disruptive influence, but it's hard to believe that leading sides across Europe won't be queuing up for his signature.

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