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Report: Preston tell Sheffield United to pay eight-figure fee for Ben Davies

According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Preston North End have told Sheffield United to pay £10million for defender Ben Davies.

Rumours of the Blades targeting Davies emerged on Friday, with Chris Wilder keen to bring in a new centre back in the near future.

Jack O’Connell is out for the rest of the season, meaning that United are looking for a left-sided centre back to fill in for him.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Lee Gregory of Stoke City battles for possession with Ben Davies of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Stoke City at Deepdale on September 26, 2020 in Preston, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

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Sheffield United do have Jack Robinson who can play as the left-sided centre back in their three-man defence, but want another option.

Davies appears to be one of their main options, but Preston are standing firm, telling both the Blades and Bournemouth that it will take £10million to sign him.

The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning it’s difficult to see that kind of money being spent on him.

PRESTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Preston North End’s Ben Davies during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Swansea City at Deepdale on September 12, 2020 in Preston, England. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Still, Preston don’t have long to replace him, and don’t particularly want to lose Davies right now given that he is one of the top defenders in the Championship.

Davies could sign a pre-contract agreement with a non-English club in January, so that £10million price seems hard to imagine, but credit to North End for sticking to their guns.

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