Celtic are facing a battle with English Championship side Bournemouth in the race to land Preston defender, Ben Davies.
The Bhoys are thought to be keen on signing the 25-year-old this summer, with the Daily Record claiming that interest still stands heading into the final few weeks of the window.
However, Celtic face competition from the Cherries if they wish to sign Davies. A report from the Mirror (print edition, Sunday 13/09, P63), claimed that Bournemouth had submitted a £5m bid.
That bid, it is believed, has been swiftly rejected by the Lancashire outfit, who are keen to either keep hold of or get the best deal possible for their star defender.
Davies has been integral under Alex Neil at Deepdale. It is no surprise, then, to see the likes of Celtic keen on landing the defender.
The Bhoys have recently signed Shane Duffy from Brighton but Neil Lennon is thought to be still on the lookout for recruits, especially given Kristoffer Ajer’s future remains in doubt.
Preston coming under pressure to sell, Celtic could land Davies here – TBR View
This is a bit of a nightmare for Preston, given they also have Celtic’s rivals, Rangers, sniffing around Daniel Johnson. Both are key players for the Championship outfit and losing either, or even worse, both, would be a disaster.
Celtic will probably return with a further bid here, too. The only issue for the Bhoys is that Bournemouth’s interest is likely to drive the price up, with Preston knowing they can now start an auction.
Davies is a quality operator, though. If he does end up costing upwards of £5-6m, then he’d still be a shrewd acquisition in this market.