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Celtic must finally complete a move for Preston North End defender Ben Davies, with reports claiming that Neil Lennon’s team is in an intense battle to sign him in this January transfer window.
What is the history?
Reports Over the summer he suggested the Hoops were considering signing Davies as a possible replacement for Kristoffer Ajer, but a deal didn’t materialize before the deadline, and the Norwegian international ended up staying at Celtic Park.
Now, Football Insider they say Celtic are fighting Genk for both Davies and Philadelphia Union center Mark McKenzie.
Should Celtic sign Ben Davies for £ 5 million?
The report adds that with the former’s contract at Preston coming to an end this season, Deepdale’s team “will consider offers in the region of £ 5 million this January as the club accepts the possibility of losing the defender for nothing at the time. summer. ”.
Goodbye Shane Duffy
When Celtic acquired Brighton’s Shane Duffy on a one-season loan in the summer, Lennon couldn’t hide his enthusiasm for bringing in the veteran from the Premier League.
He said: “He is a leader and a warrior, someone with real ability and who will also give us that great physical presence.” Sadly for the Hoops, the 29-year-old hasn’t been the answer in central defense, and he’s been revealing. started only once in the last seven Scottish Premiership games.
At Davies, Celtic could grab an outright bargain, and someone who would offer them the right kind of center-back option for the modern game.
Your manager at Preston, Alex Neill said: “Once I looked at Ben, evaluated the whole team and watched him for a couple of weeks, I thought we had a really good player on our hands.
“Ben has a good left foot and I really should have more confidence in him than he really does. It’s better with that than you think. The boy has a really good rhythm, which for a central defender is rare. He reads the game well and is determined to improve. “
Left-handed and with a little rhythm? Peter Lawwell surely has to dip into his pockets and find that £ 5 million to sign him.