The Star have claimed that Celtic are still interested in raiding English Championship side Preston to sign left-footed defender Ben Davies who has entered the final six months of his contract – but will have to spend £10million to get him this month.
Davies, 25, has been continuously linked with a move for Davies – who has remained first choice for Preston despite his contract situation. The Englishman has refused to sign a new deal, according to the Lancashire Post, and is now due to leave.
The latest report from The Star states that Celtic are still interested. As a non-English side, Celtic are able to approach Davies on a pre-contract agreement under the Bosman ruling – a move which would see Davies join Celtic on a free in the summer.
But if Celtic wanted to sign Davies this month as the Hoops’ pursuit of 10 in a row hangs by a thread, then they would have to splash out a whopping £10million. That looks unlikely, though, given the expenditure in the summer.
TBR’s view – Celtic should wait until the end of his contract
Or approach him now on a free. It is an advantage Celtic have over English clubs, as they can approach players for nothing – whereas English clubs have to wait until a month before the player’s contract expires.
Celtic have taken advantage of the system in recent seasons, bringing Moussa Dembele to the club from Fulham on a pre-contract. Certainly, Celtic are not going to spend £10million on a player that can be signed for nothing in the summer.