Date: 24th May 2012 at 8:19pm
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Nigel Clough has said that Steve Davies will be allowed to leave Pride Park this summer should the right bid come in after the striker turned down the offer of a three year contract.

Despite missing a large chunk of last season with a fractured skull Davies still managed to be The Rams` joint leading scorer with 12 goals and he will leave Clough looking for another striker after already stating that a proven goalscorer is on his shopping list for the summer. After sticking by the player through a number of injury plagued seasons Clough will be disappointed to see Davies move on and told dcfc.co.uk:

‘It’s got nothing to do with financial reasons – it’s purely down to family circumstances. It is a genuine family reason and we respect Steven for that. I know some people will be sceptical about that but they shouldn’t be.”

‘We have to accept it and move on. Technically, he’s got a year left on his contract now and we’re not in a position to let people run out (leave on a free transfer), so we’ll get as good a fee as we can for him and look to replace him.’