It feels like Ben Davies is being linked with a different club every week at this point.
The North End defender is understandably attracting major interest. Since Alex Neil’s appointment in 2017, Davies has gone from strength to strength.
Calm, composed, a great reader of the game and talented on the ball, Davies is an almost-ideal modern defender. He maybe isn’t of the ideal height, but he’s certainly Premier League-bound one day.
Hopefully that’s with Preston rather than any other club, but the reality is that Premier League teams are queueing up for him.
Now, you can add another name into the mix with The Sun (17/11, p67) again adding a suitor to the list, this time claiming Bournemouth are lining up a move.
Boss Eddie Howe is allegedly worried that Nathan Ake could leave for Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester City in a £40million deal, and wants Davies to come in should the Dutchman depart.
That does at least make some sense. Ake is also an undersized, left-footed centre back, and Davies would be able to slot into that role.
However, there’s surely no way Preston will sell in January. Keeping Davies is key to North End’s promotion hopes, and selling him mid-season would send out the entirely wrong message, whilst also leaving Preston with a difficult task in terms of replacing him.
Davies will have a year left on his deal come the summer, and if Preston don’t win promotion, he will likely move on. There will be Premier League clubs queueing, but Preston must stand firm in January.