According to The Sun (16/08, p59), Preston think they can land Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis on loan.
It’s claimed that North End fancy bringing Davis to Deepdale, despite him being a regular for Villa after football restarted.
The report notes that Preston think they can pull off a season-long loan deal for Davis, but only on the condition that Villa sign an experienced striker this summer.
Who is Keinan Davis?
Davis, 22, started out with Stevenage and Biggleswade Town before being spotted by Villa, and he joined them after a four-week trial.
The striker has played 65 first-team games for Villa, scoring just the four goals. On the international stage, Davis has scored twice in three caps for England’s Under-20’s.
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Davis became Dean Smith’s go-to striker after lockdown, and he played a workmanlike role as Villa managed to stay in the Premier League.
Would Davis make sense for Preston?
Villa may prefer to go with Wesley, Mbwana Samatta and another striker next season, and Davis will certainly need first-team football.
Stylistically, Davis is big and strong at 6ft 3in tall, he has great mobility and works incredibly hard, which is what Alex Neil wants up front.
His goal record is far from impressive, but he does tick many other boxes for North End – and whilst Andre Green struggled on loan from Villa last season, Davis does make much more sense.