It’s rare that fans are so strongly behind a player leaving their club for good reasons, but Preston have that with Ben Davies.
The youth graduate has become a first-team star at Preston, and one of the first names on the team sheet under Alex Neil.
With Davies out of contract at the end of the season, we knew the defender would likely be moving on – but who predicted him going to Liverpool?
Davies underwent a medical with the Premier League champions this morning ahead of completing a stunning £2million move to Anfield.
The 25-year-old is making a huge step up by joining Liverpool, but having made such outstanding progress at Preston, fans are fully behind his dream move to Merseyside.
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Preston advisor Peter Ridsdale has now spoken to talkSPORT about the move, suggestin that Davies deserves his move having been nothing but outstanding and professional at Preston.
Ridsdale did admit that the plan was for Davies to sign a pre-contract agreement with Celtic, but the Bhoys have missed out with Preston happy to strike a cut-price deal with Liverpool including a sell-on clause.
Ridsdale added that a deal has been done for a Liverpool player – believed to be defender Sepp van den Berg – to join Preston today, signing on loan until the end of the season.
“We were very happy with the deal, given that the alternative was that he was going to sign for Celtic for nothing,” said Ridsdale. “We do have an investment in his future because there is a sell-on clause, so we’re very happy with the deal we’ve done with Liverpool.”
“He’s an outstanding young man. He’s down to earth, very professional, at our level he’s looked like a Rolls Royce. He deserves this chance, he’s a very good player.”
“We’ve done a deal to take on loan one of their young players. This came about in part because we were enquiring about their player anyway, and once everything is tied up today, we hope to get a player back on loan for the balance of the season as part of the deal,” he added.