Ben Davies is more likely to agree a pre-contract deal with Celtic in January than join Bournemouth during this window, according to a report from The Sun.
Davies has been linked with a move away from Preston North End during this window. The Daily Record has suggested that the Hoops want the centre-back.
However, it appeared that the Bhoys’ hopes had been dealt a blow.
The Sunday Mirror (13/9; page 63) reported that the Cherries had made a £5 million bid for the 25-year-old.
That report noted that the bid had been rejected. But it still seemed to be a statement of intent from Jason Tindall’s side.
But despite their rivals for his signature making a bid, it seems that Celtic are in pole position to land Davies.
The Sun has claimed that Davies is more likely to sign a pre-contract deal with the Hoops in the winter than join Bournemouth before October’s deadline.
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The situation concerning Davies leaves Preston with something of a dilemma. If they do not sell him this summer, they can do little about Celtic making an approach in January if he has not agreed a new contract.
The slight upside of a Parkhead move is that Davies will not leave until next summer. So they will get one more season out of the defender, which could be extremely beneficial given how good he has been for the club.
Alex Neil potentially needs to weigh up whether his side would be better off with the money on the table this summer or having Davies in the squad for possibly one final season.