Preston North End defender Ben Davies was a target for Celtic during the recent transfer window.
However, the 25-year-old, who was also attracting interest from West Ham late in the domestic window, remained at Deepdale.
A Celtic recruitment source has now told Football Insider that the Hoops will continue to monitor the centre-back ahead of a cut-price January deal.
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We feel that Celtic have the advantage over sides in England regarding a deal for Davies in the New Year, providing he doesn’t pen new Preston terms before then.
The Hoops will have the possibility to agree on a pre-contract deal, which could see the defender move to Parkhead on a free transfer ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign.
Wait until next summer
Sides south of Scotland will have to go to Preston and agree on a fee if they want to secure the defender’s services, with the Championship side valuing Davies at £10million over the summer.
Neil Lennon may see Davies as a replacement for Shane Duffy, who is currently on a season-long loan at Celtic Park and securing his services at the beginning of 2021 could solve the Northern Irishman’s defensive worries over the coming seasons.