According to Football Insider, Celtic are now working on a deal to sign Preston North End defender Ben Davies in January.
A ‘recruitment source’ at Celtic has allegedly suggested that the Bhoys will keep close tabs on Davies over the coming months in the hope of signing him.
The report claims that Preston wanted £10million for Davies over the summer, but the asking price could be halved as Davies nears the end of his contract.
Come January, Davies will have just six months left on his deal, and Celtic will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement if they so wish.
Still, if Celtic want Davies for the second half of the season, they will still have to come up with the cash to tempt Preston into selling in the January transfer window.
Preston will still hope to sort out a new contract with the 25-year-old in the coming months, but it may be an uphill battle to convince him to stay.
Celtic can offer a title challenge, regular trophies, playing in front of a huge fanbase when crowds return and European football, meaning they’re an appealing prospect for Davies.
A quick and technically-gifted centre back, Davies would fit perfectly as a left-sided centre back in Neil Lennon’s 3-5-2 system at Celtic, which may well be why they’re so keen.
Preston managed to fend off Rangers when they came calling for Daniel Johnson, and now face another Old Firm battle as Celtic plot their move for Davies.