According to the Bristol Post, Bristol City would be interested in Ben Davies to replace the departing Adam Webster.
It’s been a fine couple of days for Preston, with two signings made. Aston Villa winger Andre Green arrived on loan on Thursday, and the signing of Coventry City midfielder Tom Bayliss has just been confirmed.
Hopefully there will be more signings to come over the next six days, but we may also need to hope that there isn’t a massive departure to come.
Bristol City are in the market for another centre back, with Adam Webster on his way to Brighton and Hove Albion. His £22million move is drawing ever closer, and North End may be impacted.
The Bristol Post claim that the Robins have a ‘long-standing interest’ in Preston defender Ben Davies. He may well be a target for Lee Johnson’s side with the huge cash received for Webster, meaning North End may face a nervy few days.
It is noted that Davies has Premier League interest, and North End may hike up the price if Bristol City come calling, which is only natural if they’re about to receive such a huge fee for Webster. The Sun recently claimed that Newcastle want Davies, but now face a new threat.
Johnson has moved for two Preston players in the past, signing Bailey Wright and Josh Brownhill. Both came up through the North End ranks, and losing another academy graduate in Davies to the Robins would be a bitter pill to swallow.
Chelsea’s Michael Hector is a target too, and he is a more natural fit than Davies. Few would really say that Webster is a similar player to Davies, so unless Johnson is planning a different approach alongside Tomas Kalas, then a move looks unlikely.
A move to the Premier League – possibly with Newcastle – next summer would make more sense, when he has just a year left on his deal. North End surely wouldn’t sell Davies to a Championship rival anyway, but if City put an eight-figure bid on the table, it may require some consideration.
With such positivity around the club in the last 24 hours, let’s hope Davies isn’t sold any time soon.