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Fulham have told Sean Davis he will only be allowed to leave if manager Chris Coleman can sign a replacement first.

The midfielder handed in a written transfer request, to the surprise of the rookie manager, who was assured Davis was happy at the club by the 23-year-old’s agent.

Fulham, who value Davis in excess of £7 million, rejected a £3.5 million bid from Everton a month ago and Middlesbrough have now registered their interest.

`Sean’s under contract for two more years,’ said Coleman. `So if I can get someone in, he’ll go, but if I can’t he’ll stay. `Sean’s made it clear to me he doesn’t want to play for Fulham and be part of us this season.

`That’s his prerogative – but the fact of the matter is he’s under contract and if we can’t get a replacement for him he’ll be here.

`Ideally we’ll get a replacement because I don’t want anyone here who doesn’t want to be here.’

Coleman also disclosed details of his talks with Davis’ agents in May.

He said: `It’s disappointing for me because I talked to his representatives at the end of the season. They assured me he was happy and everything was fine. But obviously it wasn’t. You live and learn. And I need to learn pretty quickly. And if Sean does decide to move on it will be for the good of Fulham Football Club and when we’re ready.

I’m disappointed because I thought Sean could play a pivotal role for us this season. He was outstanding last season but I thought he would improve even more this time. He’s a good young player and thinks it’s time to move on. He had a taste of England and thinks he will enhance his chances if he moves.’