West Ham United are interested in signing Ben Davies, with the Sunday Mirror (11/10; page 73) reporting that the Hammers have made the Preston North End centre-back one of their top defensive targets.
David Moyes’s men look set to make the most of the final days of the window. As noted by Sky Sports, they are in advanced talks to sign Said Benrahma in a deal that could be worth £30 million.
And it appears that they also plan to strengthen their options at the back.
According to the Sunday Mirror (11/10; page 73), West Ham are keen on Craig Dawson, as well as Davies. It is suggested that they are deemed cheaper options than Joe Rodon, who is valued at around £18 million.
The Mirror adds that Davies is out of contract at Deepdale next summer. So perhaps the Hammers may be hoping to pull off a coup with a move for the 25-year-old.
It would appear that Preston still intend to land a considerable fee for Davies. The Sunday Mirror (13/9; page 63) reported last month that Bournemouth had seen a £5 million bid rejected.
TBR View: Davies deal could be another success story for West Ham
West Ham have had a mixed time signing players from the Championship. But it is arguably fair to say that they have predominantly done well when signing players from the second tier in recent years.
The likes of Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen have been superb for the Irons. Of course, Davies’s former teammate Jordan Hugill did not enjoy the same success. But it could also be argued that the striker was not given enough of a chance either.
Davies has been excellent for Alex Neil’s side in the last couple of years. And, as a left-sided centre-back, he would certainly fill a key void for Moyes’s side.