Sky Sports claim Celtic are in talks to complete a deal for Preston North End defender Ben Davies this month despite being able to sign him on a pre-contract for nothing – with the English Championship side ready to let him go for just £2million.
Davies, 25, has been strongly linked with a move to Celtic for quite some time. His contract at Preston – the club he came through the academy with – is set to end in the summer and a January exit, or one in the summer, is now expected.
Celtic, as a non-English side, can sign Davies on a pre-contract agreement which would see him join for nothing in the summer. But if they want him now, they will have to pay a fee. Preston have quoted £3million to Championship rivals Bournemouth.
But given Celtic are not a domestic rival, they have told Neil Lennon’s side that they want a fee in the region of £2million and £2.5million for Davies’ signature. Talks are ongoing, there is a growing belief that Davies could join Celtic in the next few days.
TBR’s view – Davies at £2m is still a bargain
Signing him now allows Davies to get used to Celtic. It allows him to understand what it means to wear the green and white of the Glasgow club – and that in turn, will allow him to hit the ground running next season.
Yes, it means Celtic would have to pay £2million to get him now. But the Hoops are hardly strapped for cash and they paid a similar fee only for Shane Duffy to struggle on loan. It makes sense to spend the money and get Davies in now.
TransferMarkt claim he is represented by the same agency as Duffy and Mikey Johnston.