Celtic are looking to seal a late January deal for long-term target Ben Davies.
That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph, who claimed that the Hoops are looking to bring the 25-year-old to Parkhead on a permanent deal this month.
UPDATE: Celtic will look to buy Preston’s Ben Davies in this window – if they can agree terms with the player.
They contacted Preston today, out of courtesy, to update them on their progress with Davies.
It's a fast-moving situation, with Bournemouth also very keen on him. https://t.co/wsSCSXgOzP
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) January 26, 2021
Joseph claimed that Celtic contacted Preston today to inform them pre-contract talks were progressing well with the centre-back and are now looking to push through a January transfer.
The Championship side want between £2m and £2.5m for Davies, with Bournemouth also keen.
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With Bournemouth also thought to be interested in Davies, we feel as if the Hoops’ decision to look for an immediate deal is a smart one.
They’ve been keen on the left-footed centre-back since the summer, so losing out to the Cherries late in the winter window could be a huge blow.
Bringing in Davies now will also give him time to settle in at Glasgow ahead of a first full campaign, where he could replace loanee Shane Duffy in the heart of the defence.
It remains to be seen if the club will get a deal over the line, but with over 100 Championship games under his belt, Davies could be the first part of a defensive rebuild for the Hoops.