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Journalist claims Ben Davies has now signed deal to join Celtic on free transfer

We’ve learned today that Ben Pearson looks to be on his way to Bournemouth, and another exit could be close.

Defender Ben Davies has been linked with Celtic for many months now, but the rumours have intensified this week.

Sky Sports reported earlier this week that Davies was close to signing a pre-contract agreement to join Celtic for free this summer.

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Sky’s Anthony Joseph now reports that the deal is done, and Davies has indeed signed his pre-contract agreement with the Bhoys.

This is understandably a blow for North End, as losing a key player for absolutely nothing is far from ideal.

Preston could still sell now; Sky claim Celtic have been quoted up to £2.5million to get the deal done immediately this month.

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Davies has spent his entire career with Preston outside of loan spells, so few can really begrudge him a move away at this stage of his career.

An elegant ball-playing defender, Davies deserves a step up, and he will now be able to play in Europe if this deal is really done.

With just a matter of days to go until the January deadline, we’ll now see whether Preston choose to cash in or have Davies see out the season.

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